Here's two small things you can do to help families affected by childhood cancer in a big way
Have any bottles or cans in your backyard that need to be recycled?
Well, tomorrow (November 18) you can bring them along to the sixth annual Team Keian Bottle Drive in the Real Canadian Superstore parking lot on Willowbrook Drive in Langley.
By dropping your empties off at the drive, you’ll be helping families affected by childhood cancer as all funds will go directly to those in need.
The annual drive was established by Chantal and Ryan Blundell who tragically lost their six-year-old son Keian to T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2014. The couple were the beneficiaries of a similar effort when Keian was in treatment.
There’s also a toy drive happening for the rest of the month, through to December 15. The idea for this special project came when Keian was discharged and able to go home for the holidays while other children had to stay in hospital. Keian set up a toy drive project and now his parents still run it today.
“We will always remember his own words that first Christmas he was diagnosed: ‘This is the best Christmas, EVER!!!’ This is what Keian wanted everyone to experience, and especially these children with life-threatening illnesses. This is Keian’s Wish,” said Chantal and Ryan Blundell.
Chantal and Ryan Blundell have partnered with the Burnaby RCMP for the past few years and the Surrey RCMP is joining them this year, too. The toy drive benefits both BC Children’s Hospital and Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, and it’s taking place right now.
You can contribute to Keian’s wish by dropping off new and unwrapped toys for children along to the addresses listed below, from now until December 15. Pickups may be available in some areas and some Surrey District RCMP stations will also be accepting toy drop-offs.
You can contact the team at [email protected] for more information.
Kids in the Grove at West Langley Elementary, 9403 212 Street, Langley
Garaventa Lift, 18920 36 Avenue, Surrey
Garaventa Lift, 2805 Murray Street, Port Moody
Read more about Keian Blundell’s story here.