Massapequa Park, NY (PRWEB) September 7, 2005
The Fourth Annual LukeCARE for Kids New Toy Drive runs throughout the month of September to recognize Children's Cancer Awareness Month. The New Toy Drive is a major project of the Luke Neuhedel Foundation, a 501c3 charity that works to improve the quality of life for children fighting cancer through education, research, and aid to families. Established in 2002 in memory of 3-year-old Luke Neuhedel by his family, LNF has collected over 10,000 toys, videos, and books and delivered or shipped them to pediatric oncology centers throughout the US. LNF's volunteers have worked for children from New York to California, from New England to Texas.
The New Toy Drive has expanded over the years to include many items needed by children who commonly spend weeks in a hospital, and the parents who stay with them. LNF collects new toys (but no stuffed animals --- stuffed animals can hold germs that can be harmful to children with suppressed immune systems), new caps for kids, new t-shirts for children and adults (stay with a youngster in the hospital undergoing chemo and you'll understand why many changes of shirts become necessary...).
LNF also collects unwanted, used Gameboys and games, VideoNow units and cartridges, and all game systems and games. These are collected, cleaned, and distributed to children who do not have them to help them pass the long hours at the hospital. LNF also collects gift cards in any amount to any store at which you would shop --- phone cards, gas stations, supermarkets, retail department stores. Parents of children fighting cancer still need to keep in touch, drive kids to the hospital, have food, diapers, and necessities, all on a very fixed budget. Often, a two-income family will become a one-income family so that a parent is always available for the extra special care children with cancer need. This reality makes toys, clothes, and even today's high-priced gas a "luxury."
LNF's website, http://www.lukefund.org, describes how anyone or any group can become involved in the New Toy Drive. Toys can be collected and delivered in any area of the US, or donations can be sent directly to LNF for sorting and distribution. LNF can be contacted at 516-882-9183, firstname.lastname@example.org, or LNF, PO Box 137, Massapequa Park, NY 11762.
Children's cancer is the #1 disease killer of children today, killing more children than AIDS, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, and congenital anomalies COMBINED. Every day 46 children are diagnosed with cancer. Every day 15 children die from their cancer. One in 330 children will develop cancer by age 20. Most children's cancers do not have any distinguishing symptoms, therefore are difficult to diagnose. Learn more at http://www.lukefund.org. Making a difference to a child is only a click away.
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