American Cancer Society conducts holiday drive

American Cancer Society launched its annual Holiday Toy Drive on Saturday, Nov. 21 and will conclude its collection on Friday, Dec. 11. The drive is open to gift donations for patients at City of Hope in Duarte, an institution that specializes in cancer treatment and research.

Our club’s participation in this drive is designed to get our members involved through doing something greater than themselves by giving and sharing gifts to help those who are undergoing treatment and fighting cancer. In effect, we hope to stay true to our club’s cause and combine that with the holiday season,” public relations officer junior Evan Sentoso said.

The club is looking for donations for teenage and young adult patients because children are often more attended to during the holidays through other donors. Club members are also able to relate to the patients and understand their needs better because of their shared age group.

“[The patients] are kids just like us, except that they may not get to spend Christmastime at home with their families, so hopefully we can bring them joy by showing that we care. I hope that members can get into the holiday giving season and see that there are teens like them out there who want to have the best Christmas they can have,” co-president junior Valerie Truong said.

American Cancer Society members aim to gift patients at least one item they have requested on each of their wish lists, many of which include electronics, clothing and art supplies.

“[Their wishlist] definitely has many items that teens like us have or would really want this Christmas. The patients know what is trending, and I believe they all deserve a chance to experience [the holidays],” freshman Kelly Chen said.

By Melissa Kim, Staff writer

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