Andrew Hughan, DFG Communications, (916) 322-944
Kyle Chang, DFG Law Enforcement, (951) 897-6193
Roy Stearns, California State Parks, (916) 799-1036
This December, Department of Fish and Game (DFG) wardens and State Parks rangers waged a friendly competition to collect red wagons for hospitalized children in Riverside. On Thursday, Dec. 22, the wardens, rangers and staff members from the two departments together delivered 44 wagons, several toys and a $100 check to Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital.
Helping the lead the donation drive was DFG Warden Kyle Chang, whose son was hospitalized for more than a week this year.
“When I was with my son Kingston at Loma Linda, I watched parents tow their kids and their oxygen bottles around the hospital in these wagons,” said Warden Chang. “I asked the staff in children’s recovery how many wagons they get, and the answer was ‘not enough.’”
Chang challenged the local State Park rangers to help in their quest to collect wagons to donate to the hospital. They came through, donating 18 wagons and $2,200 in game consoles, video games and toys.
State Parks came out on top with more wagons and total donations, but wardens say they are up for the challenge next year.
“Although we lost our friendly competition, the hospital and children won by the generosity of those who donated,” said Chang.
Warden Chang built a wagon trophy that Parks will keep for the year, but DFG wardens will be looking to increase their generosity and win it back in 2012.