A Heartland Boy Scout is helping those who need it most with an Eagle Scout Project in memory of a loved one.
“We thought about a lot of things but we wanted something to give back to the hospital,” says 14-year-old Connor Kohles.
He is organizing a blood drive with the help of the Red Cross, Boy Scouts and volunteers. The group will also collect toys and art supplies for Children's Hospital & Medical Center.
Connor's project honors his 10-year-old sister Megan who lost her battle with cancer last year.
"I think she would be impressed and surprised by what we have so far.”
Megan spent a lot of time at Children's - and couldn't go to the community playroom - so she brought her own arts and crafts.
Connor is collecting toys and crafts so other kids don't have to. Many have already offered to help.
"A couple of weekends ago, we had a lady call who had a lot to donate and we didn’t even know who she was," says Connor.
The blood drive will be held Saturday at St. John Vianney Church, from 7 a.m - 1 p.m. Donors can schedule appointments at www.redcross.org with a sponsor code: "009684".
Donations for Children's can be dropped off during the drive. The following are some suggested items:
Crayons (boxes of 7 or 24), washable markers, & glue
Puzzles (24 or 48 piece)
Small animal characters - Littlest Pet Shop
Spa items - nail polish & stickers, small bottles of lotion
Infant items, like rattles & teethers
Games- Connect 4, Operation, Sorry, Battleship, Zingo (No Memory, Candyland or Chutes & Ladders)
Gift Cards ($5 - $10 to Wal-Mart, Target, iTunes, McDonalds, Dairy Queen, Claire's)
Activity & Coloring Books
All items must be new. Cash donations will also be accepted.