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Santa's Elves Make a House Call

The Wistar Institute has a 30-year tradition of donating toys to children in oncology unit of the Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania (CHOP). This December, Wistar employees gave generously and raised $2,300 for the cause.

After all donations have been collected, Wistar employees shop for toys to be delivered to each child during the holiday season.

In the early ‘80s, employees began collecting radios, dolls, toys, and monetary donations for the children in the hospital’s oncology unit, honoring the longstanding research collaboration between Wistar and CHOP. Over the years, employees also incorporated their own touches to the delivery, often dressing up as clowns and elves to entertain the kids.

This year, kids received a variety of sound-making books, musical instruments, scrapbook kits, advanced model kits (cars, airplanes), paintbrushes and paint. Wistar also made a monetary donation, thanks to employee contributions and matched by Wistar.