A very special teen from Tinton Falls who left this earth too soon continues to inspire her family and friends to help other kids with cancer. By donating some simple arts and crafts items, you can help, too.

(photo from Sue Funk)
(photo from Sue Funk)

Hannah Duffy left so many people with a special place in their heart for children who must spend time in a hospital fighting cancer. Hannah was treated at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and, during her inpatient stays, she really bonded with the Child Life Specialists who were truly a lifeline for her.

Even though Hannah was a young teen, she still found joy in doing arts & crafts. So, in continuing Hannah's legacy of love, her family and friends thought it would be a tribute to help bring that same joy to other children in the hospital battling cancer and pay it forward.

Hannah's mom, Sue, says she just knows that Hannah loves everything that's being done in her memory, and that this arts & crafts fundraiser would be her favorite. Sue says there's nothing wrong with bringing joy to a child in the hospital, and that words can never describe what that feels like.

This is the fourth annual collection for CHOP, and last year's collection was so big that Child Life was able to fully stock the Oncology floor and clinic, an well as other areas of the hospital, too! So Hannah's friends and family are hoping to be able to have the same kind of success this year in collecting the items they need.

Items needed include:

Crayons/Markers/ Colored Pencils

PlayDoh/ Model Magic

Sketch Pads/ Pencils/ Sharpies

Canvas/ Tempra Paint/ Acrylic Pains/ Brushes

Items to paint and decorate (masks, shapes, boxes)

Tacky Glue/ Modge Podge/ Glitter

Wacky Tape

Scrapbooking supplies (Albums, Paper, Stickers)

Mosaic Kits

Beads/ Jewelry Kits/ Arts & Crafts Kits

Cloth items to decorate/ Fabric markers and Paint

Crosswords/ Word Search/ Mad Libs

Travel Board Games/ Playing Cards

Gift cards – iTunes/ Amazon/ Netflix ($25 or less)

Nail Polish/ Manicure kits

Journals & Stationary

Pajamas/ Fuzzy Socks/ Knit Hats

Xbox360, PS2 and PS3 games

Donations will be accepted throughout the month of May.

There are drop-off locations throughout Tinton Falls & Monmouth County, with a growing number of supporters who are also holding their own collections. So you can either drop off supplies at one of THESE LOCATIONS, or you can hold your own collection and then arrange a pick-up from Hannah's people prior to the delivery to CHOP.

To arrange to have your own group donations picked up, email jcolasuonno2018130@sjvhs.com or call 732-535-3537.

If you would rather provide financial support, you can make a donation HERE and select to direct the donation to the arts & crafts fundraiser.

To read a story about Hannah's written by her best friend, break out the tissues and CLICK HERE.

For more on the Hannah Duffy Foundation, CLICK HERE.



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