Local Elementary School Students Spend the Day Volunteering to Help Child Cancer Patients
5th Graders from Hershey Christian School Pack Toys at Children’s Cancer Recovery
HARRISBURG, Penn., March 27, 2013 — A dozen 5th grade students from Hershey Christian School spent a recent afternoon packing more than 4,500 toys that were to be sent across the country to childhood cancer patients. Through the local nonprofit organization Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation, the donated toys will benefit more than 1,800 patients at 32 hospitals.
Ms. Cheryl Caldwell, fifth grade teacher at Hershey Christian, annually brings her students to the Harrisburg headquarters to demonstrate the value of volunteerism. “I have had family members who have had cancer before and I know what it can do to a family,” she said, adding that she gets a great response from her students as well. “Each year the kids love it. They love coming here and helping and we always have a blast. We feel like we are blessing the families that receive the gifts.”
Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation, through its Bear-Able Gifts program, provides stuffed animals, toys and board games to children across the country fighting the disease. The foundation’s dedicated staff is grateful to the community volunteers who help the foundation continue to serve patients across the country.
“Seeing the great volunteers who come through our doors is very inspiring,” said Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation founder Greg Anderson. “And to see these fifth grade students get started and exposed to it at an early age is a refreshing sight.”
In 2012, Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation packaged and delivered over 33,000 toys to children battling cancer across the country through its Bear-Able Gifts program. To learn more about the foundation, its programs or how you can help, visit ChildrensCancerRecovery.org.
About Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation
Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation is the largest distributor of gifts to children with cancer in North America. The Foundation also provides emergency financial services through its Helping Hands Fund. A camp scholarship program provides post-treatment activities with offices in five countries and a pediatric hospital partner network of over 220 locations, each year the Foundation directly services over 50,000 children and family members who are impacted by childhood cancer.