By Jeff Gallatin
Although the location has changed, organizers for the Amazing Grace Foundation Sixth Annual Toy Drive this Saturday still are getting strong advance support for the event.
“We’ve got a lot of people volunteering to help and want to get involved again,” Dawn Enovitch, one of the event organizers, said. “It’s really encouraging that people care and want to take part in this kind of event.”
Enovitch is the mother of the late Gracie Enovitch, who passed away several years ago after a lengthy childhood battle with cancer. The toy drive and other foundation activities were set up to honor Gracie’s memory, help fight cancer and provide assistance to pediatric cancer patients and their families.
This year’s event is moving from its previous location at the Bayway Cabin to Bay Middle School, 27725 Wolf Road. The drive will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. People can enter the school via the far west doors and bring new toys, books and art supplies, which will be used to benefit pediatric cancer patients.
Enovitch said the move will aid the drive’s work.
“It’s a big school, so we’ll have lots of room for people when they bring the different items in,” she said.
All donations are appreciated, but the art supplies in particular help with the younger children, Enovitch said.
“They get used a lot when the children are in bed and can’t move around as much,” she said. “It gives them something they can do while they’re in the bed.”
Enovitch said the foundation continues to work closely with Cleveland Clinic’s pediatric cancer unit.
“They’ve been great to work with, and they do a wonderful job of helping the children out,” she said.
Tom Richards, a Clinic social worker who works with the children lauded the program.
“It’s a great program because it allows the kids to be kids,” he said. “It helps them during hospital stays, which often can be lengthy. We give them the toys and activities and it allows them to have something which they enjoy and can do something good with while dealing with their stay at the hospital.”
As ever, Enovitch said if people would prefer to send money, they can do so. Monetary donations can be mailed to Amazing Grace Foundation, P.O. Box 40234, Bay Village, Oh. 44140.
“We always appreciate the support from people,”
Enovitch said. “It’s really strong in our home city of Bay Village, but we also appreciate when others donate just
because they want to help children and fight cancer.”