Kids Day draws record volunteers

The 29th Annual Kids Day, which benefits Valley Children’s Hospital, has drawn a record number of volunteers who will hit the streets Tuesday, March 8.

More than 6,000 volunteers will be on street corners throughout Central California, selling a special Kids Day edition of The Fresno Bee. The suggested donation is $1 per paper in counties including Fresno, Madera, Merced, Stanislaus, Mariposa, Kings, and Tulare.

This year’s fundraising goal is $550,000.

Since 1987, Kids Day has raised more than $7.3 million for “The Children’s Fund.” Last year, donations helped Valley Children’s provide a record volume of nearly 350,000 inpatient and outpatient visits, support nearly 120,000 visits to the Emergency Department and offer innovative treatments such as the MAGEC (MAGnetic Expansion Control) device that allows orthopaedic surgeons to straighten a child’s spine gradually and non-invasively.

“Kids Day is such an important event in so many ways, but especially in its ability to draw the community together for such a meaningful cause,” said Todd Suntrapak, Valley Children’s President and CEO. “Every dollar raised goes toward helping local children and continues to support our mission of bringing world-class pediatric healthcare to the Central Valley.”

Students at more than 155 schools from Modesto to Porterville will also participate. This includes elementary, junior high and high schools, along with junior colleges and universities.

This year’s Kids Day will also include an afternoon party, free to the public. The Inaugural Kids Day After Party will take place at River Park in Fresno from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. This family-friendly event includes carnival games, photos with hospital mascot George and much more.

To contribute to Kids Day, you can buy a newspaper tomorrow, text KIDSDAY to 41444 to make a donation in any amount or go online to

Drivers are reminded to be cautious and aware of volunteers selling the newspapers from 5 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Valley Children’s Hospital