Published Sunday, November 25, 2012

Joey's Toy Box: Students craft cards for a cause

By NICHOLE GOLDEN

nichole@newnan.com

White Oak Elementary students are doing their part to help young cancer patients by creating holiday cards that capture the hope of the season.

Students in the fifth grade REACH classes of Paula Corley and Jan Puschaver have created and taken orders for seasonal greeting cards to raise money for Joey’s Toy Box. They sold the cards to friends and family, with some still available for purchase by others. The cards come in three designs — snowmen, reindeer and angels.

“I think it’s nice that I can actually do something,” said student Hannah Helm as she worked on the project.

Joey’s Toy Box, was founded by the late Joey Dolittle to provide new toys for children undergoing chemotherapy or other cancer-related treatments. Doolittle was a White Oak student who battled cancer with great courage. He passed away in July 2008.

According to Joey’s family, he was able to endure procedures and treatments by being able to play cards games, color, paint or getting to pick out a toy from the hospital’s toy closet. During one visit, he noticed the toy supply getting low and asked his mom about helping to replenish the supply.

The hand-crafted cards are available for 10 for $5, 3 for $5 or $1 each by emailing Corley at paula.corley@cowetaschools.org .

For details on Joey’s Toy Box, visit www.joeystoybox.net . Since its inception, Joey’s Toy Box has provided thousands of toys and support to the brave children and families at AFLAC Children’s Cancer Center at Children’s Health Care of Atlanta and also at Cook’s Children’s Hospital in Dallas, Texas.

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