Tinley boy donates gifts to charity
September 13, 2012 3:52PM
Austin Carter, 11, of Tinley Park, displays his donated birthday presents, which will help comfort young cancer patients. | Supplied Photo
Updated: October 17, 2012 6:09AM
Tinley Park resident Austin Carter, 11, recently donated toys he received during his birthday party to the Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation, a nonprofit group that gives toys, gifts and gift certificates to children and teens fighting cancer.
“I chose the Treasure Chest to donate toys because I don’t need anything and because the kids need toys more than I do,” Carter said. “When I brought my toys (to the Treasure Chest Foundation’s Orland Park warehouse) to donate, I was happy I gave them to the kids, and I knew I made a good decision.”
When the party was over, Carter had accumulated gift cards and more than 40 toys valued at $150.
“I suggested the Treasure Chest Foundation because Austin lost three of his grandparents to cancer,” Carter’s mother, Lynn, said. “We saw what they went through, and I couldn’t imagine how hard it must be for a parent of a sick child.
“I knew it would brighten their day a little to see their child happy to receive a toy.”
Foundation CEO Colleen Kisel said, “The support of the local community means a lot, and we are extremely grateful to Austin and his friends and family for their generous donation. It was very honorable of him to give up his birthday presents to help little ones who are battling cancer.
“Because of his generosity, the program continues to support more than 7,900 children and teens fighting cancer monthly in our nation.”
Information: Kisel, (708) 687-8697 or www.treasurechest.org.