This article was co-written by Addie Sidles and Bridget McGreevy.
A 5 year old with a brain tumor has been sick at Lurie Children’s hospital for months now. His friends stop by once in awhile but they have school every day and their own activities to partake in. His mom is always around, almost too much, in fact. He wants to talk about sports and “guy things” but his mom knows nothing about that stuff and his friends are always busy. This little boy needs someone who he can talk to, play video games with, watch Star Wars alongside, and reenact the scenes from their favorite TV show. But who will fill this void?
Battle Buddiez is a nonprofit, volunteer service created by a group of kids from the LFHS Business Incubator class. This business group includes Katie Abdallah, Colin Lochiatto, Colin Thiergart, Jennifer Lesson and Tate Dahlgren. The idea of this business is to create a friend for children who are battling cancer. High School students will get paired with a child and will volunteer their time to go over to Lurie Children’s Hospital and hang out with their buddy.
This, of course, is a great opportunity for high school students to make a child’s day while getting service hours. It will also help high school students to become leaders and mentors to a child in need. This incubator group has had some background with loved ones who have fought with cancer, which prompted this idea. “We realized how incredibly blessed we are to be in good health. It is a good way to give back to the community and be involved in a charity in a way that is meaningful while seeing first hand impact of your work,” Katie Abdallah, a junior and a member of the team, explained.
Battle Buddiez, in the spirit of the holidays, decided to have a toy drive at our school. The group knows how fortunate they all have been to live in Lake Forest and to have the opportunity and money to give to the community and people who really need it. Katie Abdallah explained more on why there group came up with the idea. “I’ve talked to a lot of cancer patients over the past few months and noticed that the smallest things make them the happiest. It’s the smallest part of our day to make their day so much better.”
The guidelines for the toy drive are that the toys have to be recently bought and unwrapped. The ages of the kids that receive the toys range from birth to 18 years old. Some ideas for the toy drive are anything from crafts to glitter, crayons, coloring books, makeup, or board games. You can drop the toys off in front of the RMA, which is in the southernmost part of the front of the school.
Battle Buddiez would greatly appreciate your donations to the toy drive which will make great Christmas presents for the children at Lurie Children’s hospital.