Get ready for some old-fashioned hawking of a special edition of The Fresno Bee to benefit Valley Children’s Hospital.
The 28th annual Kids Day, a fundraiser sponsored by The Bee and ABC30 (KFSN, Channel 30.1), will be held March 3.
Thousands of volunteers will line the streets in Fresno, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced and Tulare counties selling newspapers for $1. In the past many people have given more — including $5, $10, $20 and even $100 bills — to support the not-for-profit children’s hospital that sits on 50 acres in Madera County.
This year’s goal is $530,000, building off last year’s record high of more than $506,000 collected in donations.
The event has raised $6.3 million over the past 27 years for the hospital, which treats patients from 11 counties. The hospital has more than 550 physicians and treated 125,117 youngsters in 2014.
Hospital officials say one in 10 children will visit Children’s over the course of a year.
Students, teams of employees from businesses and local celebrities will begin hawking newspapers on street corners at 6 a.m. and continue until 3 p.m.
Shaw and Blackstone avenues will once again host some of Fresno’s local leaders. The southwest part of that intersection is known as Celebrity Corner.
Celebrity Corner is organized by Bee Executive Editor Jim Boren and Editorial Page Editor Bill McEwen, and has become a gathering place for high-profile Kids Day sellers. Among them will be Mayor Ashley Swearengin, Fresno State football coach Tim DeRuyter, Fresno State athletics director Jim Bartko, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer, Fresno Fire Chief Kerri Donis and Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims.