“We’d go to completely different states to go to toy shops, that was at all times our factor to do, to go attempt to discover that factor that we had been in search of or discover one thing else that may simply catch our eye,” Robbins mentioned.
Within the months since opening, Robbins has felt some consolation by means of working the shop.
“I really feel higher once I’m there, man, to be trustworthy with you and to be blunt about it,” Robbins mentioned. “I really feel like I’m doing what he wished to do.”
Now, it’s the primary Childhood Most cancers Consciousness month since Oliver’s Toy Chest opened. Robbins mentioned it might be a “no-brainer” for the shop to “do one thing to provide again.”
The drive itself can be a month-long donation interval for people to convey model new toys to Oliver’s Toy Chest or one in all a number of different Hamilton drop-off areas.
The donated toys will go on to in-patient children receiving most cancers remedies or bone marrow transplants at Cincinnati Youngsters’s.
Robbins mentioned Cincinnati Youngsters’s has a room the place in-patient children can come pick free toys. He’s aiming to make these toys as fascinating as attainable, one thing he talked with Oliver about earlier than he handed.
“Oliver was at all times completely happy when he went in there and he discovered a treasure,” Robbins mentioned. “I simply need the chance to have the ability to give again. I’ll by no means see the grins on their face, however simply to know that there was a smile on their face could be price it.
By means of Oliver’s 341 days in Cincinnati Youngsters’s, Robbins got here to know lots of the adjoining households that he got here throughout. Typically, with children in such a state, the dad and mom or caretakers must give up their jobs or their education in an effort to keep on the hospital with their child.
Some households that Robbins has come to know have been fighting their child’s most cancers remedies for lengthy, prolonged intervals of time — Robbins mentioned one household has been constant on the hospital for six years.
“That’s a very long time, man. That’s a very long time to be away from dwelling,” Robbins mentioned.
For Robbins, gifting a child a pleasant, fascinating toy is an motion that advantages the child, the household, and Robbins himself.
“Once we had been there, we had been fortunate sufficient to have the ability to keep,” Robbins mentioned. “However, there’s loads of folks there that aren’t, and if we can provide one thing on to them, that may be… It don’t matter what it’s, you understand?”
Robbins mentioned the drive has gotten a superb response up to now, only a few days into the month, and he’s hoping for a big turnout.
“I simply need it to be as profitable as attainable as a result of I understand how completely happy it made Oliver to obtain toys when [he was in treatment],” Robbins mentioned.
These keen on donating to the toy drive can go to Oliver’s Toy Chest’s web page on Fb to seek out drop off spots or the hospital’s donation pointers.