UCHealth, CSFD partner for toy drive to honor firefighter Daryl Ritz

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The Colorado Springs Fire Department and UCHealth Memorial Hospital have partnered for the third year in a row for a memorial toy drive. 

The toy drive honors the legacy of Daryl Ritz, a man who made it his life’s work to make the youngest of patients feel included–especially at Christmas. 

This is the third year for the drive, and they more than doubled last year’s output. The toys will go to children hospitalized in Colorado Springs over the holidays. 

The drive honors longtime driver-engineer Daryl Ritz, who was murdered two and a half years ago at age 58. 

During his 33 years with CSFD, Ritz always demonstrated a giving spirit. He rebuilt cars and auctioned them off–helping to raise $20 million for the children’s burn unit. He also collected toys to deliver to children who had suffered burns and other ailments and were in the hospital recovering.

On Wednesday, CSFD delivered the toys to the main entrance of UCHealth Memorial Hospital Central. The children will receive the gifts on Christmas morning. 

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