Cancer Awareness Club hosting toy drive

The Davis High Cancer Awareness Club created an “awareness wall” on one side of the library last year. Courtesy photo by Maria Maguire.

By Kellen Browning, Editor–

Need someone to shop for during the holiday season? Look no further–the Davis High Cancer Awareness club is hosting a toy drive to benefit cancer patients.

During finals week, toys can be dropped of in N-12.

“We founded the Cancer Awareness Club last year to support cancer patients and their families,” club president senior Maria Maguire said. “The toy drive is for [the UC Davis] children’s hospital, and this is the our second year doing it.”

If that’s not enough, CSF (California Scholastic Federation) is offering volunteer hours for donating toys–half an hour per toy, up to 1.5 hours.

“As a club that serves our community, we feel that this is an extremely good cause to donate towards,” CSF project coordinator junior Shreya Sudarshana said.

“It also increases awareness of a smaller club on campus and we would love to show our support for Cancer Awareness Club.”

Sudarshana says that although some might believe donating toys for hours is an easy way to rack up volunteer service, the cause is justified.

“Many people say CSF gets a bad reputation by giving easy hours to volunteers or essentially “buying” their hours through a toy drive, but advertising through CSF mainly just increases publicity and helps Cancer Awareness Club,” Sudarshana said.

According to an email from CSF, donated toys must be new because “the coordinators do not want to worry about external germs entering the hospital.”

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