Children's hospital toy drive meant to help kids rebuild their brains
Fun, wonderful and awesome. Those are three words 11-year-old Moriah Anderson used to describe the toys she got while in the hospital for the better part of four months while battling Burkitt's Leukemia.
Toys were given to Moriah at the Children's Hospital at Providence though Building Healthy Kids -- a toy drive that concluded its third run with a ceremony Tuesday morning.
Moriah said that the toys helped her feel "more comfortable and not so lonely". The toys also helped her get through hard times.
However, this toy drive is about much more than making kids feel better. It's about healing.
The drive's coordinator, Rob Culbertson, said during a tour of the children's hospital he heard a story about a child who said Legos had helped him rebuild his brain.
"We started learning more and more about the effects of building toys helping in the wellness and recovery process and that led us to start a toy drive," Culbertson said.
All of the toys in the drive are related to building. They came from donation boxes at about 30 architecture, engineering and construction firms.
Culberston said the hospital gets a lot of donations during the holidays, but not so much this time of the year. He said this year's drive has about 25 percent more toys than last year.
To make a donation or have a donation box put in your office next year, you can send a message to the Building Healthy Kids Facebook page.
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