Trainer gathers Play-Doh for Kids's Hospital of Philadelphia

EXETER TWP., Pa. — Inside Mrs. Whitney’s Lorane Elementary Faculty classroom, the Play-Doh is piling up cup after cup.


“Preserve them coming.  That is wonderful” mentioned Josie Whitney.


Seven years in the past, Sherry Heckman was a pupil in Whitney’s class. Throughout that point Heckman’s brother, Jason, was identified with a type of most cancers referred to as neuroblastoma.


“Once I had her in my classroom, I understood the illness and I knew all about it and he or she was very upset and I attempted to assist her by that,” mentioned Whitney.


Jason was receiving therapy on the Kids’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). On the similar time, Josie Whitney misplaced her father. Tragically, on her father’s birthday, Jason died.


 “So, after I made that reference to Jason and with my Dad, I believed I’ve to do one thing for this household,” mentioned Whitney.


That’s when Whitney reached out to Heckman’s mom and requested what she may do to assist.


“She mentioned Josie he liked to play with Playdough whereas he was up at CHOP,” mentioned Whitney.


At CHOP they’re solely allowed to play with a can of Play-Doh as soon as due to germs. So, the very subsequent 12 months after talking with Heckman’s mother, the Play-Doh drive took off.


 Seven years later it has collected greater than 10,000 cans.


“I am very, very glad so this 12 months the purpose was to get 2,000 cans and as you’ll be able to see, we’re as much as 2,550,” mentioned Whitney.

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Donations are pouring in from college students and surrounding communities with no indicators of slowing down.


“It’s about Jason, it is about protecting his title alive, it’s about with the ability to give again to the group and to supply for the scholars or the kids up at CHOP who could not have the ability to step foot into an elementary faculty,” mentioned Whitney.


Anybody involved in donating Play-Doh can drop off donations on the Lorane Elementary Faculty between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.  Cans can be delivered by amazon, Wal-Mart, Goal or different on-line retailers to the college.


The fundraiser runs by the top of March.