GOOCHLAND, VA (WWBT) - A student at Goochland Middle School is collecting donations to help bring joy to other children.
Alex, who is in the 6th grade, said he wanted to make the holidays magical for some very special children at St. Mary's Hospital.
"Alex knows first-hand just how hard it is to spend days in the hospital or having to visit the hospital or doctor's office often for treatment. So many children suffer every day and miss out on just being a kid. Watching other children suffer from chronic illnesses is hard for Alex because he knows just how they feel. He wants to give back to the hospital that helps care for him," said Alex's mother, Lisa Mounayar.
Alex and Lisa will be collecting items until Thursday, Dec. 21. You can drop off donations at 13821 Village Mill Drive, Midlothian, VA 23114 or deliver them directly to St Mary's Hospital Pediatrics 6-West, 5801 Bremo Rd, Richmond, VA 23226, Attention:Ilona, who is a Child Life Specialist at St. Mary's..
They are asking for new items for children from newborns to 18 years old.
Here's a list of items:
- Toys (girls and boys, all ages)
- Board games
- Fun blankets
- Fun pillow cases
- Arts and crafts
- Coloring books
- Crayons, markers, colored pencils
- Stocking stuffers
- Recordable books
- Stuffed animals
- Gift cards (Amazon, iTunes, etc.)
If you plan on shopping online, you can deliver the items to St Mary's Hospital Pediatrics 6-West.
Even though the two will be collecting items until Dec. 21, they recommend having all items delivered by Dec. 20 so they can sort, label, and pack for the hospital.
For the donations not delivered to the hospital, Alex and Lisa will drop them off at St. Mary's on Friday, Dec. 22 at 10 a.m.
"It is my hope to take their mind off being in the hospital and bring some happiness to them, even if it's just for a little while. I want them to know that they are loved and they are not alone," said Alex.
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