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CMC Toy Handout

They bring children joy
Students, CMC join forces to deliver toys
Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — Cameron Lile was all smiles Tuesday afternoon when she visited T.J. Samson Community Hospital.

Lile went to the hospital, along with fellow Barren County Middle School students Luke Matthews and Jake Honeycutt, to deliver toys to children.

Tuesday’s trip to the hospital culminated a toy drive Lile headed up at her school.

She got the idea for the toy drive when she attended a school technology conference over the summer with her dad, Benny Lile.

At the conference she saw a video about Jarrett’s Joy Cart, which was started by Jarrett Mynear, a 13-year-old Nicholasville boy who was diagnosed with cancer on six occasions from the time he was 2 1/2 years old until he lost his battle at age 13.

On one occasion when Mynear was hospitalized, a volunteer brought around a cart filled with toys. Mynear was comforted by the idea and during his remission he decided to launch his own toy drive so that he, too, could bring joy to hospitalized children. He called his charity Jarrett’s Joy Cart.

When Cameron Lile saw the video about Mynear, she decided she wanted to do the same thing and she enlisted the help of her classmates.

“It’s been really great that all of the students at the middle school have contributed as much as they have,” she said.

Lile set a goal of 1,000 toys and on Tuesday she was only two away from meeting that goal.

“We are at 998 right now,” she said.

Lile and her classmates took the toy drive on as a Junior Beta Club project. The club partnered with Community Medical Care to deliver the toys to not only children on the hospital’s pediatric wing, but patients in the hospital’s skilled nursing unit as well.

CMC has been delivering toys to the hospital for the past four years.

“It’s just a way for Community Medical Care to reach out to the community in another way, to help the kids at Christmas time who are in the hospital and just to brighten their day and make them more comfortable for Christmas,” Tina Combs, CMC coordinator, said.

Only a portion of the toys collected by Lile and her classmates were distributed Tuesday.

“We’re going to do this throughout the year and we hope to visit the hospital as much as we can between now and Christmas and even after that,” Lile said. “I think it’s just great that everyone has come out and is willing to help with this in the community.”

Not only is Lile planning to visit T.J. Samson Community Hospital again, but she and her classmates also plan to distribute toys to Caverna Memorial Hospital in Horse Cave, as well.

CMC Toy Handout (Click on pictures for larger view.)


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