TROY — In anticipation of the 2013 holiday season, the Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan is collecting new, unwrapped toys and gift cards for children and teens whose families are affected by leukemia, lymphoma, and related blood disorders.
For the past 61 years, CLF has been providing presents for patients and their families during the holiday season. It is important that CLF starts collecting early in the year to ensure there is an adequate supply of gifts for the holiday season. Presents are given to parents, who are then able to wrap and give them to their children.
Last year, CLF provided toys, games, and gift cards for more than 900 children from more than 400 CLF families across Michigan. CLF provides gifts to all child patients and their siblings as well as children of adult patients.
“A leukemia or blood-related cancer can be emotionally, physically, and financially draining for families, leaving little funds or spare time for holiday celebrations,” says William Seklar, president and CEO of CLF. “We believe that every child should experience the joy of the holiday season and hope that receiving a gift can help brighten the day of a CLF patient, their siblings and the whole family.”
CLF gladly accepts new, unwrapped toys for children of any age, from infants to teenagers. The organization is also in need of gift cards for teens. For gift ideas, view CLF’s holiday wish list at https://leukemiamichigan.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/Gift-Wish-List-.pdf.
Donations can be brought to CLF’s Troy office located at 5455 Corporate Dr., Suite 306, or its Grand Rapids offices located at 146 Monroe Center NW, Suite 810. Contact Kristen West at 800.825.2536 to schedule a drop off time or if you’d like to make a donation outside the two areas listed.
CLF also invites organizations and individuals to host a holiday toy drive. For more information visit https://leukemiamichigan.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/Conducting-a-toy-drive.pdf.