Help ‘Keian’s Hol­i­day Wish Toy Drive’ bring cheer to sick kids and their fam­i­lies: Sur­rey RCMP

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Sur­rey: The Sur­rey RCMP is hop­ing to make the hol­i­days a lit­tle brighter for sick kids and their fam­i­lies by invit­ing the pub­lic to come out and sup­port the an­nual Keian’s Hol­i­day Wish Toy Drive.

Be­tween De­cem­ber 1st and De­cem­ber 15th, the Sur­rey RCMP will be ac­cept­ing do­na­tions of cash or new, un­wrapped toys for the BC Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal and Canuck Place Hospice in mem­ory of six-year old Keian Blun­dell, who was made an hon­ourary mem­ber of the RCMP be­fore he passed away from leukemia in 2014. Do­na­tions can be dropped off at Sur­rey RCMP’S Main De­tach­ment or one of our four Dis­trict Of­fices in Whalley/city Cen­tre, New­ton, Cloverdale and South Sur­rey (Dis­trict 2 Guild­ford of­fice re­mains closed un­til 2019). Of­fi­cers, staff, and vol­un­teers will also be on site ac­cept­ing do­na­tions on the fol­low­ing days and lo­ca­tions:

• Satur­day, De­cem­ber 1, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Real Cana­dian Su­per­store

7550 King Ge­orge Boule­vard

• Satur­day, De­cem­ber 8, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Real Cana­dian Su­per­store

14650 104th Av­enue • Satur­day, De­cem­ber 15, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Real Cana­dian Su­per­store

2332 160th Street

Keian’s Hol­i­day Wish Toy Drive be­gan in 2012 when Keian Blun­dell, who had T-cell Acute Lym­phoblas­tic Leukemia, was just five years old. Keian’s hol­i­day wish was for ev­ery sick child to re­ceive a gift dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son. He lost his bat­tle with leukemia in 2014, but his legacy lives on through this an­nual toy drive. “Last year the Sur­rey RCMP and Sur­rey res­i­dents raised $3,600 in cash do­na­tions and over 4,200 toys for Keian’s Hol­i­day Wish Toy Drive, says Sur­rey RCMP Con­sta­ble Mark Peterse, lead or­ga­nizer. “The Sur­rey RCMP Com­mu­nity Re­sponse Unit is proud to be or­ga­niz­ing this toy drive in Sur­rey once again this year and we in­vite the com­mu­nity to join us in car­ry­ing on Keian’s wish this hol­i­day sea­son.”

“Through Keian’s Hol­i­day Wish Toy Drive, we carry on his de­sire to bring smiles to the chil­dren at BC Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal and Canuck Place Chil­dren’s Hospice,” says Ryan and Chan­tal Blun­dell, Keian’s par­ents. “As we en­ter the sev­enth year of this toy drive, we are ex­cited to work with the RCMP, as we col­lec­tively strive to de­liver new, un­wrapped toys and gifts to these spe­cial young chil­dren. Whether they are new­born or nearly 18 years old, ev­ery child is im­por­tant and ev­ery child should ex­pe­ri­ence joy and hap­pi­ness dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son. This was Keian’s wish and this is our mis­sion – year after year. Our com­mu­nity has con­tin­u­ally sur­rounded our fam­ily with love; dur­ing Keian’s di­ag­no­sis, treat­ment, pass­ing and now as we live through his legacy.

We know that Keian would be ec­static to know his adopted RCMP broth­ers and sis­ters are help­ing his fam­ily honour his mem­ory.”

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