Norterra Canyon School third grader Carter Cunnius knows first-had how a new toy can make a child’s day a little brighter during a lengthy hospital stay.
At age 8, Carter is already a cancer survivor and he’s on a mission to bring a smile to kids facing health battles by hosting a toy drive for the patients at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
While undergoing treatment for leukemia, he was gifted a lot of new toys, some of which he never even opened because there were times he was too ill to want to play, says his mom, Marie.
When he realized the amount of unopened toys he had while recovering at home, Carter told his mom he wanted to take them back to the hospital and donate them so that other kids could enjoy them. With the help of his mom and his former first grade teacher Robin Roach, he’s successfully hosted a toy drive for the last three years for the kids at PCH.
This year’s toy drive runs through Dec. 1. Donations can be made directly through an Amazon wishlist, or new unwrapped toys can be dropped off for delivery in time for the holidays. Suggestions include items that can be used again, like beads, Legos, crafts, hot wheels, puzzles, books, games. Ideas for teens include lipgloss, polishes and perfumes, and of course, gift cards.
2 Ways to Donate
2233 W. Bonanza Lane
For more info, email [email protected] or call 480-395-6491.
By Valley Vibe Staff Writers