CMC Toy Handout
They bring children joy
Students, CMC join forces to deliver toys
By GINA KINSLOW
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
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,”
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,
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.
Toy Handout (Click on pictures
for larger view.)