Cheer up kids with cancer this holiday season

By: Aaron B. Cohen | November 11, 2022

With the holidays just around the corner, Metro Detroit families are looking forward to the annual gatherings, feasts, and gift exchanges that define the season. But for some families, this year will be different…

Because instead of partaking in their normal traditions, they must face a much harsher reality: pediatric cancer.

Learning your child has cancer is a life-altering moment. The fear is overwhelming, the uncertainty seemingly never ends. The routine of daily life instantly gives way to appointments, treatments, and tending to their needs.

Along with the emotional fallout, there’s often a financial one as well. Many parents are unable to be fully present during treatment because they need to maintain insurance benefits at work. Some were already struggling to make ends meet even prior to the diagnosis, and the possibility of something extra like a toy or activity is simply out of the question.

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And for the kids fighting the illness, there’s a world of difficulties they must navigate at a young age. Aside from the symptoms of the illness and treatment, they also miss out on key childhood moments at school, their favorite activities, and time with family and friends.

That’s why, for the eighth consecutive year your Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers – in partnership with the Bottomless Toy Chest – are throwing all hands on deck to brighten their holiday season.

The Bottomless Toy Chest works to provide locally hospitalized pediatric cancer patients with toys, games, and activities they can enjoy during their hospital stay and beyond. In doing so, they bring hope and joy to the kids who most need it, and relief to the families who love them.

Want to help? It’s easy. Just 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 right here in Metro Detroit. Check out the wish list below for ideas on what type of items to bring.

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.


All toys must be new and unused


  • Sight & sound toys for 0-36 months
  • Rattles
  • Blankets
  • Play-Doh
  • Duplo sets
  • Potato Heads
  • Medium-sized stuffed animals


  • Superhero action figures
  • Crafts (i.e. Creativity for Kids)
  • Legos
  • Baby dolls – all ethnicities
  • Princess Dolls (i.e. Frozen)


  • Superhero action figures
  • Crafts (i.e. Creativity for Kids)
  • Legos
  • Tool sets
  • Playsets (i.e. Paw Patrol, dinosaurs)
  • Remote-controlled cars (with batteries)
  • Hot Wheels


  • Sports team hats & apparel
  • Nerf hoops & footballs
  • Crafts (i.e. Craftable craft kits, thread bowls)
  • Remote-controlled cars (with batteries)
  • Journals & fun pens
  • Adult coloring books
  • Crayola colored pencils & sketch pencils
  • Pajama pants & fuzzy socks
  • Headphones & earbuds
  • STEM activities
  • Advanced LEGOS
  • Bluetooth speakers
  • Twinkle lights / LED lights
  • Dream catchers
  • Salt lamps
  • Cinema light box
  • Neck pillows
  • Insulated cups
  • Flower String Lights

Gift Cards ($10 to $20 denominations)

  • Amazon
  • Target
  • Walmart
  • iTunes
  • Xbox
  • Starbucks