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Dignity® Memorial Collects Hats and Toys for Children During the Holiday Season

Dignity® Memorial Service Providers Collect Hats and Toys for Children During the Holiday Season
Eternal Valley in Newhall collects hats for children with cancer, Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks in Westlake Village, and Gates Kingsley & Gates Moeller Murphy in Santa Monica conduct donation drive for Toys for Tots

LOS ANGELES, Calif., December 16, 2009 – As part of its ongoing commitment to supporting the communities it serves, Dignity® Memorial Service Providers around the Southland are collecting toys and hats for charities supporting youth during this holiday season. Eternal Valley Memorial Park and Mortuary (COA184/FD1163) in Newhall is collecting unused or new “kid-friendly†hats, which will be donated to local hospitals and organizations that will give them to children battling cancer. Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks – Griffin Mortuary in Westlake Village (COA509/FD1344) and Gates Kingsley & Gates Moeller Murphy (FD451) in Santa Monica will be collecting and accepting new, unwrapped toys to support Toys for Tots.
“It’s our hope and prayer that one day a cure for cancer and the many other illnesses that affect our family and friends will be found,†said Steven G. Mahrle, Funeral Arranger, Eternal Valley. “Our hope is that by collecting and delivering these hats, local children who may lose their hair due to cancer treatments will gain warmth, comfort, courage and strength.â€
Hats can be dropped off at Eternal Valley Memorial Park and Mortuary, 23287 N. Sierra Hwy. in Newhall, 91321 through December 31st.
“We are honored to help the United States Marines in their effort to provide happiness and hope to disadvantaged children through the gift of new toys who might otherwise be overlooked this holiday season,†said Jeffrey Baker, Manager, Gates Kingsley & Gates Moeller Murphy.
Toys can be dropped off at Gates Kingsley & Gates Moeller Murphy, 1925 Arizona Avenue in Santa Monica, 90404 through December 24th or at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks – Griffin Mortuary, 5600 Lindero Canyon Blvd. in Westlake Village, 91361 through December 22nd. Already more than $2,000.00 worth of toys have been donated, however, many more are needed.
Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity is the fundraising, funding and support organization for the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. The Foundation was created at the behest of the U. S. Marine Corps and provides support in accordance with a Memorandum of Understanding with the Commander, Marine Forces Reserve, who directs the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. The Foundation has supported Toys for Tots since 1991.
The Dignity Memorial network of more than 1,600 funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers is North America’s most trusted resource for funeral and memorialization services. Dignity Memorial providers offer an unmatched combination of products and locations serving families with care, integrity, respect and service excellence. For more information, call 818-889-0902 or visit www.DignityMemorial.com.

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