The Marana Police Department Volunteer Foundation presented a check for $12,377.07 to the pediatric unit at Banner University Medical Center late last month. The donation was made possible from the money that was raised during the Pride for the Patch Golf Tournament, which was more successful than the event organizers planned.

In addition to the donation, first responders from agencies across Southern Arizona filled the roundabout in front of the Diamond Children’s Medical Center at Banner UMC. Emergency vehicles activated their lights and provided an overwhelming display of red and blue for the children who were able to make it down. 

It was a cold, wet day, so unfortunately many of the children could only watch from windows above, but the first responders took the show upstairs and visited many of the patients while also getting a tour of the hospital.  

“First responders are hoping to help make this a magical and unforgettable Christmas for all the sick and injured children at Banner UMC,” said Marana Police Department Public Information Officer Chris Warren before the presentation. 

The show of support in the roundabout had an unexpected reaction, as several people came to the doors to make sure everything was alright, fearing the flashing lights on the cars and trucks meant something bad had 

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