It may have been a foggy morning in Los Angeles, but the beams of smiles and spirit at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles shined through when the talented stars from CBS’ shows such as 90210, CSI Las Vegas, NCIS, NCIS Los Angeles,Vegas, The Insider and Entertainment Tonight visited for the studio’s annual toy drive for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. To the kids and families, it was the perfect way to kick-start the holiday season.
Over 75 boxes of toys arrived accompanied by Ted Danson, Wallace Langham, Brian Dietzen, Elisabeth Harnois, Renee Felice Smith, Anna Belknap, Eric Christian Olsen, Cote de Pablo, Michael Steger, Barrett Foa, Daniela Ruah, Pat Harvey, Kevin Frazier, Chris Jacobs and many others!
The stars personally delivered toys to the kids and spent time talking and meeting the families in the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases, Medical/Surgical Unit and Rehabilitation. Joking, laughing, heart-felt conversation and hugs truly made the kids’ and families’ spirits merry and bright. Pauley Perrett of NCIS became friends with a 15-year-old patient and joked about her nostalgia for the childhood toy, Mr. Potato Head, and how much she loves photo booth photos with friends.
After the bedside visits, the kids were invited for storytime with the stars! This included holiday arts and crafts and a live reading of The Night Before Christmas from Michael Weatherly of NCIS. He insisted on taking his shoes off during story time. The kids laughed while Ted Danson of CSI covered his nose.
The day ended with a live acoustic performance by the Jonas Brothers! Armed with shakers and maracas, the kids enjoyed being part of their live performance and singing along. The Jonas Brothers performed original songs and some holiday tunes. On behalf of the kids and families at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, we thank CBS and its stars for its annual toy drive and support!
If you’re interested in supporting Children’s Hospital Los Angeles too, you can help us reach our $200,000 goal by Dec. 31!