Central Florida teen collects hundreds of toys for kids in pediatric cancer unit

MAKE A DIFFERENCE. MEGAN: AT THE FINAL SALES SCHOOL — THE LAST DAY BEFORE THE WINTER SUIT MOST KIDS THINK ABOUT WHAT THEY WILL GET FOR CHRISTMAS. BUT MORE BRANTLEY HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR, BELLA MIGUEZ, HAS HER MIND ON WHAT SHE WILL GIVE THIS HOLIDAY. MEGAN: FOR THE PAST 3 YEARS, SHE HAS HAD TOY RIDES AT CHILDREN’S SCHOOL IN T AHEDVENT’S CHILD CANCER UNIT. THANKS TO HER TEACHERS AND CLASSMASTERS, SHE HAS BEEN COLLECTED MORE THAN EVER THIS YEAR. >> IN MY FIRST YEAR I GOT 500 TO 600 THAT I TAKE TO THE CHILD CANCER UNIT. LAST YEAR, OT GI ABOUT 175 DUE TO COVID. THIS YEAR I HAVE OVER 1000. >> IT REALLY WARMS MY HEART, ESPECIALLY THE TIME OF THE YEAR, TO SEE SO MANY CHILDREN WHO WANT TO GIVE TO THE COMMUNITY. MEGAN: LAKE BRANLEY’S CLIENT, BRIAN BLASEWI, TZSAYS WHEN BELLA CAME TO HIM WITH THE IDEA, HE WAS ALL IN IT. >> ONCE WE REOPENED THIS YEAR, WE BEGAN TO MAKE SOME ANNOUNCEMENTS AND SET UP SOME FLYERS. WE STILL PUT IN THE FRONT OFFICE FOR PEOPLE TO DONATE AND IT’S JUST FULLY EXPLODE. MEGAN: THE TOYS WERE BROUGHT TO BELLA’S GARAGE, WHERE THEY ARE ORGANIZED, THEN TRANSPORTED TO THE HOSPITAL. >> I FEEL LIKE I MAKE A DIFFERENCE WHERE I MAKE DIFFERENT PEOPLE HAPPY AND IT’S SO GOOD. ME

Central Florida teen collects hundreds of children’s toys in pediatric cancer ward

Children from AdventHealth’s pediatric cancer division will soon receive some Christmas gifts.

Updated: 4:28 PM EST December 17, 2021

On the last day of school, before winter break, most kids think about what to get for Christmas, but Lake Brantley high school senior Bella Miguez has her thoughts on what to get this holiday. For the past three years, she has been running toy campaigns at the children’s school of AdventHealth’s pediatric cancer unit. Thanks to her teachers and classmates, she has raised more than ever this year. “In my first year I got five to six hundred that I took to the pediatric cancer ward. Last year I got 175 because of COVID, this year I have over 1,000,” said Miguez. Brian Blasewitz, director of Lake Brantley, said that when Bella came to him with the idea, he was all for it. “When we reopened this year, we started doing some announcements, handing out some flyers, putting stuff in the front office for people to donate, and it just exploded,” Blasewitz said. The toys were taken to Bella’s garage. , where it will be sorted, and then transported to the hospital.”I feel like I’m making a difference, I make different people happy and it’s so good,” said Miguez.Bella’s drive stretches along the hallways and classrooms She also set up donation boxes at nearby businesses and created a GoFundMe to raise money to buy more toys.

On the last day of school, before winter break, most kids think about what to get for Christmas, but Lake Brantley high school senior Bella Miguez has her thoughts on what to get this holiday.

For the past three years, she has been running toy campaigns at the children’s school of AdventHealth’s pediatric cancer unit.

Thanks to her teachers and classmates, she has collected more than ever this year.

“In my first year I got five to six hundred that I took to the pediatric cancer ward. Last year I got 175 because of COVID, this year I have over 1,000,” said Miguez.

Brian Blasewitz, director of Lake Brantley, said that when Bella came to him with the idea, he was all in.

“When we reopened this year, we started doing some announcements, handing out flyers, putting stuff in the front office for people to donate, and it just exploded,” Blasewitz said.

The toys are taken to Bella’s garage, where they are sorted, and then transported to the hospital.

“I feel like I’m making a difference, I make different people happy and it’s so good,” said Miguez.

Bella’s drive stretches along the hallways and classrooms, she also had donation boxes set up at nearby businesses.

She also created a GoFundMe to raise money to buy more toys.

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