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Zach's Toy Chest announces call for donations
12/13/2010: .

Zach's Toy Chest, a nonprofit organization created to benefit children of all ages receiving outpatient cancer treatments at Duke Children's Valvano Day Hospital, has announced a call for donations. The mission of the organization is to provide all outpatients with a gift to keep them occupied while receiving treatment. All donations will go directly to Duke Children's Valvano Day Hospital.


Much-needed donations include new, unopened toys for all ages, as well as books and video games. These newly purchased items will be provided for outpatients receiving treatment; they'll be able to take them home to keep as well.


"My son Zach and I have spent countless hours at Duke Children's Valvano Day Hospital. Even though we were there for an unpleasant reason - Zach was receiving chemotherapy - I was impressed by the level of compassion and professionalism shown by everyone I came in contact with," says Holly Schwab, founder and director of Zach's Toy Chest. "The only missing link I witnessed was the activity situation for the children. My goal is for every outpatient to have something to play with and keep as theirs, and I encourage everyone to donate to this cause. We were successful in 2009, and I look forward to exceeding our goals this year."
To donate an item, contact Holly Schwab at 919-803-5038 or e-mail Additionally, Whole Foods Markets of Chapel Hill and Durham will have Zach's Toy Chest donation stations set up through Dec. 19.


For more information on the organization, call (919) 803-5038 or visit