Children's Cancer Recovery

A Volunteer Opportunity that is a Kid’s Dream Come True – Literally!


The Renewal by Andersen staff again teamed up to volunteer their Sunday afternoon at the Harrisburg-based nonprofit, Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation (CCRF). What we experienced felt like a kid’s dream come true!

CCRF’s warehouse is filled with rows and rows of shelves that are neatly and carefully organized with toys for every possible age and interest. Such an inventory of toys is made possible through generous donations from businesses and members of the community who empathize with just how difficult it must be for a child to be given the diagnosis of cancer.

These toys, which are shipped out nationwide as part of the Bear-Able Gift Program, help to comfort children and take their mind off what must be such a scary and uncertain time for them and their families.

Our staff spent hours assisting with CCRF’s Q1 inventory, counting, tracking and moving toys as necessary. It’s a tedious, but very important job that allows the nonprofit to stay organized, efficient and one step ahead of the many requests for toys that flood their headquarters on a regular basis.

As much as the time we volunteer with CCRF each month helps to provide much needed manpower to this tiny, but mighty organization, we are just as fortunate to have this experience bring us closer together as a team! We shared a lot of laughs and made new memories that day. Being together outside the office and working toward a common and selfless goal helped to remind us what makes our employees so special!

The best part of this whole experience was that this massive inventory of toys, which felt like it was right out of a kid’s dream, is all going to help make thousands of kid’s smile during a time when they need it the most!

We look forward to again volunteering our time with CCRF in April and will be sure to share highlights of our yearlong charitable partnership with this awesome organization! Click here to read about our experience from February.

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