Danville girl aims to collect 5,000 toys for kids at Riley Hospital for Children

ALREADY HARD AT WORK TO MAKE SURE CHRISTMAS IS SPECIAL FOR EVEN THOSE WHO WILL SPEND IT IN THE HOSPITAL (SCOTT) SHE'S 11 YEARS OLD

NINA CRISCUOLO HAS HER STORY THIS TOY DRIVE CREATER IS SETTING THE BAR HIGHER THAN EVER BEFORE (NINA) DANVILLE'S GRACIE BENNETT STARTED GRACIE'S TOY DRIVE SIX YEARS AGO AFTER HER OWN TERRIFYING DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT AT RILEY HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN IT WAS HARD FOR HER PARENTS AND TEACHERS TO UNDERSTAND THAT SUCH A YOUNG CHILD WANTED TO START A TOY DRIVE, BUT GRACIE SAID SHE FELT COMPELLED TO ORGANIZE A WAY FOR KIDS TO HELP KIDS (REPORTER) GRACIE BENNETT IS AN ENERGETIC, SOMETIMES EVEN WACKY, 11-YEAR- OLD BUT SHE HASN'T ALWAYS BEEN THIS WAY AT JUST THREE YEARS OLD GRACIE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH A BRAIN TUMOR (( / : 05;03;51;27 I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND WHAT A BRAIN TUMOR WAS, WHAT SURGERY WAS 05;03;56;11 )) IT WAS THE BEGINNING OF A LONG ROAD BACK TO HEALTH AT RILEY HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN

IT WAS THE BEGINNING OF A LONG ROAD BACK TO HEALTH AT RILEY HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN (( / : 05;09;09;01 I MEAN THEY'VE DONE SO MUCH FOR ME, )) AND IT DIDN'T TAKE LONG FOR GRACIE TO WANT TO REPAY THE STAFF AT RILEY BY HELPING THE CHILDREN THEY CARE FOR (( / : 05;06;44;09 THE KIDS AT RILEY, THEIR PARENTS MAY NOT HAVE THE MONEY TO GET THEM A PRESENT FOR CHRISTMAS 05;06;53;13 )) GRACIE'S TOY DRIVE IS NOW AN ANNUAL TRADITION THESE BOXES ARE READY FOR DROP- OFF LOCATIONS ACROSS THE STATE WORK GRACIE SAYS SHE HAS EXTRA TIME FOR AS A STUDENT AT INDIANA CONNECTION ACADEMY AN ONLINE EDUCATION (( / : 05;15;27;05 I THINK THAT GRACE AND I CONNECTED, BECAUSE WE'RE A LITTLE BIT CRAZY

BOTH OF US 05;15;31;12)) EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MELISSA BROWN SAID WHEN SHE HEARD ABOUT THE TOY DRIVE SHE KNEW IT COULD BE EVEN BIGGER (( / : 0505;15;15;10 THIS IS THE PERFECT EXAMPLE OF SETTING THE BAR A LITTLE BIT HIGHER THAN WE MIGHT HAVE, BUT I THINK THAT WITH THE RIGHT RESOURCES AND EFFORT, WE'RE GOING TO GET IT 05;15;24;05 FIVE-THOUSAND TOYS THAT'S THE GOAL GRACIE HAS SET FOR THIS YEAR ABOUT THE SAME AMOUNT SHE'S GATHERS ALL PREVIOUS YEARS COMBINED (( / : 05;07;01;08 THE TOYS THAT AT THE TOY DRIVE ARE FOR THE KIDS SPECIFICALLY AT RILEY, WE GO OUT AND PASS THEM OUT, WHATEVER TOY THEY WANT

05;07;12;25 )) SHOWING WITH THE RIGHT ATTITUDE, NOT EVEN A BRAIN TUMOR CAN STOP A LIFE OF GOOD (NINA) IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DONATE TO GRACIE'S TOY DRIVE, THERE ARE DOZENS OF DROP-OFF LOCATIONS ALREADY THE MAIN COLLECTION SITE IS INDIANA CONNECTIONS ACADEMY FOR MORE INFORMATION HEAD OVER TO WISHTVCOM GRACIE SAYS HER GOAL IS TO FILL A HUGE TRUCK WITH ALL THE TOYS TO DELIVER THEM TO RILEY THIS CHRISTMAS

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