7-year-old boy delivers bus load of toys to Helen DeVos

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - One 7-year-old boy is working hard to make sure kids at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital have a good holiday season.

For the third year in a row, Dawson Babiak and his family are collecting toys to donate to the hospital. 

Dawson, a childhood leukemia patient, is already encouraging his classmates at Hopkins Public Schools to help collect toys. Hospital officials say that Dawson and his family delivered the largest one-time toy donation they had ever seen last year.

Dawson and his family have spent time at Helen DeVos over the holidays and know how powerful getting a toy can be.

“Around the holidays, these gifts bring hope to our young patients,” said Audra Holst, a child life specialist at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. “It’s amazing to me how it can change the entire day for a child and their family.  Gifts like these bring smiles and laughter.”

Dawson, his family and the bus will be delivering their presents on Wednesday, Dec. 13. 

If you're interested in helping Dawson, he needs:

  • Art supplies
  • Adult and children's coloring books
  • Games
  • Fidget spinners
  • Play Doh and Play Doh toys
  • Gift cards (iTunes, Starbucks, Meijer, gas cards, etc.)

Contact the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital Foundation for even more information by calling 616-391-2000 or visiting give.spectrumhealth.org/wishlist.

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April Stevens is a multi-platform producer at WZZM 13. Have a news tip? Email news@wzzm13.com, visit our Facebook page or Twitter.

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