Beaumont ISD accepts toy donations for children with cancer

The toys will go to what is called the “poke box” at Texas Children’s Hospital.

BEAUMONT, Texas — You have a chance to help a child in need. On Wednesday mornings from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Sallie Curtis Elementary will be accepting toy donations.

The toys will go to what is called the “poke box” at Texas Children’s Hospital.

Every day, hundreds of children at Texas Children’s Hospital are bitten.

“Which can mean access to port, injections, chemo treatments of all kinds,” said mother Holly Gallier.

But it actually became the best part of a terrible day.

“The toys, the giveaways, the prizes and the prizes for us in particular is what gets you through the day,” said Holly Gallier.

“This award took Gray off the elevator for several days,” said Dustin Gallier.

Every boost at Texas Children’s comes with a prize.

Dustin and Holly Gallier’s son Gray was diagnosed with leukemia in January 2019.

These awards helped him pass. Dustin Gallier said his son Gray had racked up hundreds.

“I mean, Gray works pretty well with the crowd. He had the nurses around his fingers,” Dustin Gallier said.

Charities were donating the toys until COVID-19 hit.

“COVID came in and it just wiped them out, it really took the legs off a lot of these charities that had been there for decades,” said Holly Gallier. “And Gray was like, ‘There’s no good prices left. He would check and say, “There are no good prices.” “

The toys didn’t arrive like they used to.

So Colleen Leviner, a kindergarten teacher at Sallie Curtis and a close friend of Gray and the Galliers, decided to help.

“I just became determined that the box wouldn’t empty again,” Leviner said. “That’s when I went to Mrs Tripplet, my headmistress, to ask if we could run a competition at school, every year, to make sure we kept the prize box full, and everything was inspired by Grey.”

For the past two years, it’s been a competition with each class to see who can bring in the most prizes.

“Last year was overwhelming. You couldn’t get into my room. I think we had about 10,000 prizes,” Leviner said.

As of June 2021, Gray has been cancer free, but he still returns to the hospital as a delivery boy.

“And he can deliver them straight to the people who gave him this for so long…” Holly Gallier said. “He was going to make sure that poke prize stuff stays alive.”

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