Gifts of Happiness: Making the Holidays Magical for Kids With Cancer

November 13, 2023
Season of Giving promotional flyer with child playing

Season of Giving

The holidays are just around the corner, and many Metro Detroit families are looking forward to the annual gatherings, gift exchanges, and feasts that define the season. But for some families, holiday traditions have to look a little different…

Rather than being together at home, feeling the holiday spirit, families facing pediatric cancer are adapting to their new normal as best as they can. Not only are they facing an emotional battle, but are often experiencing a financial one as well. 

With appointments, treatments, and tending to their child’s needs, working full-time for health insurance benefits can become harder than ever for these parents. While children facing cancer are fighting their illness, they are also missing out on special childhood moments with classmates, friends, and family members during the season.

Your Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers – in partnership with the Bottomless Toy Chest – are throwing all hands on deck to brighten their holiday season for the ninth year through Season of Giving. The Bottomless Toy Chest is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works to provide locally hospitalized pediatric cancer patients with toys, games, and entertaining activities they can enjoy during their hospital stay and beyond. In doing so, they bring hope and joy to the kids who need it, and relief to the families who love and support them, especially during this typically celebratory time. 

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Want to join us in helping this year? It’s easy. From November 13 through December 13, stop by any participating Metro Detroit Chevy Dealership to donate new toys, and place them in the Silverado donation box. Each toy you donate will be gifted to a young patient at a hospital right here in Metro Detroit for Season of Giving. Check out the wish list below for ideas on what type of items to bring for children of all ages.


All toys must be new with tags attached and unused. 

Infants and Baby (0 – 36 months)

  • Teethers and rattles
  • Nice quality blankets
  • Playsets (i.e. Little People’s toys)
  • Lego Duplos
  • Play-Doh and sets
  • Mobiles
  • Shape sorters and stackers
  • Soft baby books
  • Various sound and sight toys/activities

Young Boys (3 – 10 years old)

  • Superhero action figures
  • Playsets (i.e. Dinosaurs, Paw Patrol)
  • Kids tool sets
  • LEGOs
  • STEM activity kits (no sand or explosive kits)
  • Hot Wheels/Matchbox vehicles
  • Coloring books with Crayola Crayons and Colored Pencils (12 – 24 count)

Young Girls (3 – 10 years old)

  • Barbies (All ethnicities)
  • Baby Dolls (All ethnicities)
  • Superhero action figures
  • Playsets (i.e. Princess, pretend doctor, food kits)
  • Crafts (i.e. Craftable crafts kits, thread bowls, jewelry-making kits, Creativity for Kids)
  • Squishmellows

Teenage Boys & Girls (11 – 22 years old)

  • Sports team t-shirts and hats
  • Cozy pajamas
  • Cozy blankets
  • Comfortable fuzzy socks
  • Adult (calming) coloring books with Crayola coloring pencils (12 – 24 count)
  • Journals and nice pens
  • Sketch pads and sketching pencils
  • Bluetooth headphones and earbuds
  • Bluetooth mini speakers
  • Twinkle/LED lights
  • Salt lamps
  • Nerf football and basketball hoops
  • Nerf footballs and basketballs
  • Remote control cars and batteries
  • Nail polish and lip gloss
  • Dream catchers
  • Insulated cups (i.e. Superhero, University, and team-oriented)
  • Unscented lotion
  • Karaoke Bluetooth microphone
  • Amazon gift cards ($15 – $25 denominations)

With your help, we can raise the spirits of those facing the greatest of challenges. Let’s make this a happy holiday season for all of our fellow Metro Detroiters.