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Donations sought for young patients at St. Jude
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It’s time to make the wish of a sick child come true this year. Toys for Christmas are being accepted for children at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Donation boxes are located at area businesses.
This is the third year for the collection.
“Last year went very well,” said event organizer Heather Hodges. “Thanks to generous donations, we received around $500. Then, we had a police car from Sparta drop off a back seat and trunk full of toys. It was wonderful.”
Donation boxes can be found this year at Northside Video, Morrison Hardware, and Solar Rayz. Unlike last year, no monetary donations will be accepted.
“I did get cash donations last year,” said Hodges. “I think it would simplify things if I didn’t accept cash donations this year."
Christmas cards, both store bought and homemade, will also be appreciated.
“If you want to write a card wishing a child Merry Christmas, that would be wonderful,” said Hodges. “I wouldn’t send get well soon cards. I’m sure they have gotten plenty of well wishes. What they need at Christmas is a whimsical card that will make them smile.”
Hodges began this effort in 2012 to bring happiness to children who are separated from their families during Christmas because they are undergoing treatment. She received permission from St. Jude to collect toys and cards for the children.
Suggested St. Jude wish list items includes basketballs, soccer balls, footballs, Imaginext, new release movies, portable DVD players, digital cameras, Legos, Barbie dolls and accessories, baby dolls and accessories, doll houses, jewelry for teen girls, make-up sets, sketch books, Disney items, SpongeBob, superhero toys, sports-related hats and shirts, model kits, gift cards, and assorted electronic devices.
St. Jude does not accept any stuffed toys or used items.
For individuals wanting to send their item to St. Jude rather than placing it in a box for Hodges to deliver, the address is 595 N. Parkway, Memphis TN 38105. For more information about St. Jude, call 901-578-2446.
Hodges can be reached at 931-952-9957.