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Students donate toys that will become treasures for kids with cancer

Posted on Mar 18, 2014 ( comments)
Mt View Elementary School toy donation to Mary Bridge

On Tuesday morning, a long line of 17 students with armloads of toys marched down the sidewalk and into the Health Center at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital.

The generous donation – 294 toys in all, as well as gift cards and checks – came courtesy of Mt. View Elementary School in Edgewood.

The toys will supply the treasure box in the hematology/oncology clinic at the Mary Bridge Health Center. Patients earn a token for each time they get poked as part of treatment. Once children earn four tokens, they can pick a toy from a treasure box or chose a gift card.

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“You guys should be so proud of yourselves!” said Julie Hertzog, Child Life Specialist at Mary Bridge. “This help out so many people here at our hospital. Thank you so much.”

The donation was inspired by the Puyallup School District’s “March Gladness” initiative, which inspires students to take on a community service project.

In the past, Mt. View students have raised money for food banks, clothing drives, and even raised money for people in Africa. This time, they chose to support the Mary Bridge oncology clinic because recent Mt. View graduate Hanna Safley is receiving treatment at Mary Bridge, and her sister attends Mt. View.

“To do something local, and have it tie into a student, that relevance helps make it understandable for students,” said Mt. View principal Eric Molver, who helped drop off the toys with members of the Mt. View ASB, led by adviser Nancy Kreuger.

Donated items included LEGO sets, Nerf toys, Play-Doh, puzzles, books, games, stuffed animals, and even Barbie and GI Joe.

“This will last us for a very long time,” Hertzog said. “It’s incredible.”

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