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Costumes, stuffed animals sought for Friday's Stuff the Truck event

Truck will be at Friday nights Sherwood High School football game


by: COURTESY OF LINDSAY WALKER - The annual Stuff the Truck event to collect costumes and stuffed toys for children suffering from cancer, injuries and other diseases is set for Oct. 25 during the Sherwood High School football game.The annual community "Stuff the Truck" event at Sherwood High School football is set for Friday, Oct. 25 at the SHS football field. This year’s theme is "Think Pink, Donate Gold."

(Pink is the breast cancer awareness color, and the theme of the game; Gold represents childhood cancer, and donations for two organizations that help children with the disease will be collected that night.)

Plans are to have attendees "Stuff the Truck" full of new stuffed animals, costumes and accessories for the Michael Grimm Foundation and the Chelsea Hicks Foundation.

This is the third annual Stuff the Truck event, according to Lindsay Walker, a Sherwood elementary school teacher who helped start the Michael Grimm Foundation 11 years ago.

That’s when Michael, a close family friend, passed away unexpectedly at the age of 5. Walker wanted to find a way to honor Michael by providing smiles and comfort to kids in the hospital and partnered with Randall Children’s Hospital. The hospital has a unique program that provides every child admitted to the hospital (with injuries or ailments ranging from broken arms to major surgery) with a soft stuffed animal to comfort them. Visit: michaelgrimmfoundation.org.

The Chelsea Hicks Foundation was inspired by Sabrina Prill, a Sherwood parent, who watched her niece Chelsea go through her battle with cancer. At age 3, Chelsea was diagnosed with Wilms’ tumor and after 22 months of treatment, Chelsea lost her courageous battle at age 5. Prill said while Chelsea was in the hospital, she and her daughters would take up costumes for dress up. It was Chelsea’s favorite thing to do, said Prill who wants that tradition to continue for others through Chelsea’s Closet. Visit: chelseahicksfoundation.org.



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