U-Haul Helps Ignite Hope to Benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital

PHOENIX – U-Haul International Inc. was pleased to play a role in helping the third annual Ignite Hope candlelight walk to Phoenix Children’s Hospital achieve a record-breaking sum of donations.

Ignite HopeThe Dec. 13 walk had 2,053 people in attendance and raised $294,118.28. All of the donations went to benefit the patients at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

U-Haul donated two trucks that were utilized for the event. One of the trucks was used to transport items for the set-up. The second truck carried new Christmas toys to Phoenix Children’s Hospital that were distributed among the patients.

The event kicked off with family activities including: music, photos with Santa, meeting superheroes, face painting, and snacks and water. The Phoenix Suns Gorilla even came out to help spread cheer! Participants received a battery-operated candle for the 1.7-mile walk and were greeted by patients waving their candles from hospital windows.

Once everyone arrived at the hospital, a celebration took place with holiday carols and the lighting of the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Christmas tree. Many walkers brought a new, unwrapped toy for patients, which Santa’s elves placed under the tree.

“Ignite Hope would not have been possible without the generous support of community partners and U-Haul Int’l,” Phoenix Children’s Hospital special events coordinator Patricia Barney said.

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