The Nick’s Treasure Toy Drive Foundation will be holding its second annual toy drive in Shawnee from April 26 through May 28.
Nicholas, a Shawnee high school student, lost his life at the young age of 15 in a car accident Dec. 15, 2011.
Glenn Birchett, father of Nicholas Birchett, said Nicholas was bright, energetic and always had a smile on his face. The family motto is “The world always looks brighter from behind a smile.”
“Donating toys is something we decided to do to carry on his smile,” Birchett said.
He said the hospital is near and dear to their hearts and toys give children a moment of comfort during a scary time. Donations made during the toy drive will be given to children who are undergoing medical procedures in the lab, radiology, surgery, and the emergency room in St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital as well as at the Unzner Child Advocacy Center. Last year 1,016 toys were donated to the hospital.
The toys can be dropped off at any of the following locations: Central Oklahoma Community Action, Shawnee Public Schools Board of Education, Shawnee Senior Center, St. Benedict Church, Eaton Hydraulics and St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital.
“I want to continue this every year forever if I could,” Birchett said.
The kick off will start April 26 at the second Annual Nick Birchett Invitational Tennis Tourney and can be made through May 28.
“The day we donate the toys is his birthday,” Birchett said.
He said that Facebook is a way the organization is reaching people across the United States, and encourages people to visit the page and share with others. The foundation has received several donations from other states already.
“I am so grateful for how much Facebook has helped,” Birchett said.
He said the organization wants to eventually raise enough money to become tax-exempt and added that would help out a lot with the things they want to do.
To learn more, visit the organization’s Facebook page at Nick’s Treasure. Any questions about the drive can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or PO BOX 41, Shawnee, Ok 74802.