Drop off your toys for Grayson’s Toy Box

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Grayson Thorne and his family are once again collecting toys for patients at Duke Children’s Hospital.

Last year, more than 2,000 blocks, puzzles, craft kits, stuffed animals, board games, Barbies and Hot Wheels were collected and sent to children who might need a little encouragement following treatments and medical tests.

Grayson, an eighth-grader at Springfield Middle School, received a mini basketball goal when he was at Duke following his diagnosis of Myasthenia gravis, a neuromuscular disease.

Grayson and his family decided to start the toy drive as a way to give back to other children. This is the third year they have collected toys.

All toys must be new and in the original packaging in order to meet Duke’s strict infection control policy, according to Grayson’s mother, Leigh Ann Thorne-Boyette.

Toy and gift suggestions for different ages include stacking blocks, small board books, light-up and musical toys, no-spill bubbles, Play-Doh, coloring books and crayons, Lego sets, DVDs rated G or PG, action figures, dress-up clothes, scrapbook kits, nail polish, word find or puzzle books and gift cards to Walmart, Target, iTunes, McDonald’s, Bojangles’, Amazon, Chick-fil-A, Papa John’s, Domino’s and Starbucks.

Toys can be dropped off by Dec. 31 at Blissful Boutique, Deans Farm Market, Springfield Middle School, Marsh Swamp Free Will Baptist Church, JFS Power Equipment, P.L. Woodard, Fike High School and Airport Barber Shop.

Toys can also be donated through Amazon. Visit Amazon.com and click “Find a list or registry” under “Accounts and lists.” Type in leighannj@ymail.com to find the list.

Grayson is doing great, his mother said, and even played football at school this year.