Burnaby RCMP is doing something new to honour the legacy of Keian Blundell, a young boy who started collecting toys for sick kids in 2012, when he was just five years old.
Battling leukemia, Keian had been discharged from BC Children’s Hospital in time to celebrate Christmas at home that year, but he felt bad for the other kids who had to spend the holiday in the hospital, so he collected toys to cheer them up.
Keian lost his fight against cancer in 2014, but his family has kept his legacy alive through the annual Keian's Holiday Wish Toy Drive.
Burnaby RCMP has supported the toy drive from the beginning by collecting toys from people working at the detachment.
This year, however, the detachment is also collecting donations from the public for the first time.
“We have decided to ask the public to help us deliver even more toys to BC Children’s Hospital this holiday season,” Cpl. Mike Kalanj said in an emailed statement.
Today (Dec. 11), local Mounties will be on the ground floor of Metrotown, next to Lush Cosmetics & Coach, until 7:30 p.m. collecting unwrapped gifts and cash donations for Keian's toy drive.
You can also donate gifts and cash at any of the locations below:
- Burnaby RCMP Main detachment – 6355 Deer Lake Ave.
- Hastings-Brentwood Community Police Office, 104-4191 Hastings St.
- Lougheed Community Police Office, 178-9855 Austin Ave.
- Donald N.Brown Community Police Office, 7191 Arcola Way
- Southwest Community Police Office, 4501 Kingsborough St.
Burnaby RCMP will deliver the toys to BC Children’s Hospital next Tuesday (Dec. 17).