GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Christmas came early to some of West Michigan’s youngest cancer patients.
The Bottomless Toy Chest visited Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Monday to hand out holiday gifts to children who won’t celebrate Christmas at home.
“The more often that we are here, the tougher it is. You get bored. You get tired of sitting in the room waiting,” said Sara Posey, whose daughter is a cancer patient.
The founder of The Bottomless Toy Chest knows what that’s like. Mickey Guisewite’s son battled cancer for months when he was 12 years old.
“We spent a long time in the hospital,” said Guisewite.
Her son eventually won the fight. Then, the family started a new chapter in their lives.
“I found the more we could do, to make him focus on positive things, it really helped him through his treatment. I figured if I could ever get to the side of his illness, I wanted to help other families,” said Guisewite.
Guisewite said the new toys her organization provides are meant to make the day just a little easier for pediatric patients as they continue to fight cancer.
“I think when you are going through a critical illness, they have a very special meaning for children. [Toys] give you an opportunity to escape,” said Guisewite.
Each gift is wrapped in cellophane to keep the gifts clean for children with weakened immune systems. The clear wrap also gives them a chance for some control, choosing the gift they’d like.
The Bottomless Toy Chest also deliveries gifts to seven other children’s hospitals in the region.
An organization dedicated to giving kids a reason to smile delivered a surprise to some of West Michigan’s youngest cancer patients Monday.