Project Ed Bear, a local nonprofit that comforts children with cancer, is seeking donations for Easter baskets for Akron Children’s Hospital and University Hospital Rainbow Babies and Children’s. Community members can donate items to help Project Ed Bear fill every basket with extra love and heartfelt wishes.

For children who cannot spend Easter at home, these baskets can be the difference that makes their day at the hospital a better one. Project Ed Bear will assemble 35 large baskets for children in the hospital on Easter morning, and another 100 bags for children in the clinic.

“We want these kids to feel a wave of love from their community,” says Susan Summerville, co- founder of Project Ed Bear. “Every basket is a reminder that we are all thinking of them, and sending them love and care for a strong recovery.”

To help brighten a child’s day, send items like:

- Handmade cards

- Amazon gift cards

- Stuffed animals

- Crayon sets

- Small Hatchimals

- Journals

- Toy Story toys (most requested item)

- L.O.L. Surprise! dolls (most requested items)

- Chocolate (bunnies or eggs)

- Candies (jelly beans or marshmallow bunnies)

Project Ed Bear cannot give children homemade candy, anything containing nuts (including Reece Eggs), latex or bubbles.

Donations may be mailed or dropped off by April 15, 2019, to:

Project Ed Bear 656 Chilham Cir.

Uniontown, Ohio, 44685

Project Ed Bear is a volunteer lead non-profit dedicated to comforting kids with cancer. Since 1994, it has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to Akron Children’s Hospital Oncology Department, as well as a variety of gifts and experiences to every child who receives a cancer diagnosis. Project Ed Bear also hosts end of treatment parties, and sends holiday treats to children battling cancer.

“If a child has to go through a chemotherapy session this Easter, we want them to be opening cards and treats while they do it,” says Summerville. “As a community, we have the chance to send them love and positivity — and that makes all the difference.”

A special thank you to T-Strong, a new non-profit founded by Tim Reed, a former Project Ed Bear scholarship recipient, for joining the Easter Basket efforts.

With any questions, or to drop off a donation in Akron or Green, please contact Susan Summerville at susan@projectedbear.org. Visit ProjectEdBear.org for more information.