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More than $8,000 for kids and critters with toy drive

RANCHO SANTA FE — More than 3000 toys were delivered thanks to surf dog Ricochet who has been leading the “Surfin’ Santa Paws Toy Drive for Kids & Kritters” since Dec. 1,” said owner Judy Fridono. “She raised $8,019 in cash donations. That money was used to buy toys. We also received donations from all over the world, thanks to her 16,000 Facebook FURiends and drop boxes provided by pet-related businesses.
On Dec. 22, Ricochet delivered pet toys to Helen Woodward Animal Center, 6461 El Apajo Road Rancho Santa Fe.
“Helen Woodward Animal Center is changing the world of animal welfare,” Fridono said. “The toys that Ricochet delivers to the center will offer enrichment to orphan dogs and cats until their new families adopt them and take them home. We’ll also deliver toys for the birds, rabbits and horses.”
The 3,014 children’s toys were delivered Dec. 22 to Rady Children’s Hospital and Ricochet was greeted by hospital staff near the fountain by the Emergency Room. “Thousands of children visit Rady Children’s Hospital each year. These toys will go a long way towards brightening each child’s stay during a stressful time,” Fridono said.
At Rady Children’s Hospital, Ricochet also made a Christmas wish come true for Tamandra Michaels. Michaels spent much of her childhood there due to spina bifida. She is in need of a new wheelchair, so Ricochet contacted the TiLite Wheelchair Company. In the spirit of the Surfin’ Santa Paws Toy Drive, they donated a $5,000 custom-made wheelchair for Michaels.
For more information, contact Fridono at (707) 228-0679, or