The organizations gather outside the museum all week and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
MEMPHIS, Tennessee – Pink Ain’t Whatcha Think and the Fire Museum of Memphis are teaming up to collect unwrapped toys for children with parents being treated at the West Cancer Center.
Vance Stacks Jr., a three-time breast cancer survivor who founded Pink Ain’t Whatcha Think, wants to help these parents give their kids the Christmas they hope for.
“It lights up a parent,” Stacks said. “It makes that burden of heaviness that goes through that disease. It makes them feel better.”
He will never forget the challenges that cancer brought during the holidays. Stacks said many parents with cancer are unable to work to pay for gifts for their children.
“If a parent going through cancer sees their child really happy and smiling, I think that’s the best medicine they can get,” Stacks said.
He works with the Fire Museum of Memphis, whose executive director, Kimberly Crafton, has also seen how the disease can affect a loved one. Her sister-in-law discovered a few months ago that she had beaten cancer.
“Just seeing her go through what she’s been through and just seeing what it did to her health and her mental state really gave me a heart for what she and Vance are trying to do,” Crafton said.
Stacks also hopes this effort will help parents in their fight against cancer.
“I believe that if you can make a person who is sick feel better, just feel better, smile and smile, it really helps with their health,” Stacks said.
Pink is not what you think
Stacks, a former Memphis police officer, said any leftover gifts will be donated to the Airways district so officers can hand out toys in their department on Christmas Day.
You can also make a monetary donation for gifts.
Checks: Pink Ain’t Whatcha Think P.O. Box 613409, Memphis, TN 38106
Cash app: $Pinkaintwhatchathink