Surrey RCMP members drop off toys for children at Surrey Memorial Hospital Dec. 17 as part of the annual Keian’s Holiday Wish Toy Drive. This was the first year that toys have been dropped off at the Surrey hospital. (Photo: Surrey RCMP)

RCMP drop off toys at Surrey Memorial for first year as part of annual toy drive

Keian’s Holiday Wish Toy Drive in honour boy who wanted every sick kid to have a Christmas gift

For the first time, the Surrey RCMP has donated toys to Surrey Memorial Hospital as part of Keian’s Holiday Wish Toy Drive.

The annual drive began in 2012 when Keian, who had T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia, was five years old. His holiday wish was for every sick child to receive a gift at Christmas.

The toy drive is now held to remember Keian, who was made an honourary member of the RCMP before he died in 2014.

On Dec. 17, Surrey RCMP members stopped by Surrey Memorial Hospital to drop off three boxes full of toys for kids.

“These were members who were there on their own time dressed up as heroes. We had everything from Superman to Deadpool to Wonder Woman and they were there to hand out the toys,” said Constable Richard Wright.

“We were able to interact with them, give them toys and even some of the children who were coming in for day visits, we were in the lobby, so we were able to say hello to them, give them high-fives and say, ‘Merry Christmas.’”

For the past seven years, Wright said, the toy drive has benefited BC Children’s Hospital for Keian, who stayed there during his treatments.

But, Wright said it’s so meaningful to be able to donate in Surrey and have that community connection as well.

“It’s great that we’ve been able to expand it this year to Surrey because as Surrey RCMP, we want to support out local community as well.”

The Surrey RCMP also donated to BC Children’s Hospital and Canuck Place, after collecting 1,800 toys and $9,500 in donations.

READ ALSO: Annual Surrey toy drive remembers boy who wanted every sick kid to have a Christmas gift, Dec. 2, 2019

Keian’s parents, Ryan and Chantal Blundell, said Surrey RCMP’s efforts with the toy drive have been “nothing short of amazing” in recent years.

“It’s wonderful to see Keian’s spirit of selflessness and giving continue to touch the hearts of so many people,” the Blundells stated in a RCMP release. “He would be proud to see the continued efforts of the RCMP, an organization that so willingly adopted him into their family, as they join us in collecting new, unwrapped toys and gifts for children of all ages in his memory.”

READ ALSO: Langley family runs annual Christmas toy drive in memory of son with an ‘old soul’, Nov. 6, 2019

– with files from Tom Zillich

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Intent of killing at centre of Surrey man’s West Kelowna murder trial

B.C. Supreme Court Justice Allison Beames is anticipated to return with her decision in August

White Rock dogs-on-promenade survey shows majority approval

City figures suggest that off-season program could continue

UPDATE: Pedestrian dies after being hit by bus in uptown White Rock

Collision occurred July 3 at North Bluff Road and Johnston Road

PHOTOS: South Surrey tractor project evokes ‘$1-million smile,’ helps connect neighbours

Retired Surrey firefighter Ron Henze began project for friend’s dad to fill time during pandemic

PHOTOS: B.C.’s top doc picks up personalized Fluevog shoes, tours mural exhibition

Murals of Gratitude exhibit includes at least one portrait of Henry alongside paintings of health-care workers

In troubled times: Independence Day in a land of confusion

Buffeted by invisible forces and just plain worn out, the United States of America celebrates its 244th birthday

Stop enforcing sex work laws during COVID-19, advocates say

There are provisions in Canada’s prostitution laws that make workers immune from prosecution, but not from arrest

Liberal party finished 2019 having spent $43 million, raised $42 million

All political parties had until midnight June 30 to submit their financial reports for last year

B.C. teacher loses licence after sexual relationships with two recently-graduated students

The teacher won’t be allowed to apply for a teaching certificate until 2035

White-throated sparrows have changed their tune, B.C. study unveils

Study marks an unprecedented development scientists say has caused them to sit up and take note

Greater Vancouver home sales start to tick up, with prices holding steady

Residential sales last month reached 2,443, a 64.5 per cent jump from May

Langley Lodge’s deadly outbreak declared over

Fraser Health and long-term care home administrator confirm Friday declaration

Most Read