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Posted: 12/12/12

TOY DRIVE. Above, Romeo High School junior Rachelle Borgiel (bottom row, left of box) and her fellow National Honor Society (NHS) students are participating in the Bottomless Toy Chest toy collection drive until Dec. 19. Borgiel will collect any donated gifts from six local drop-off points and the NHS will wrap them before they're delivered to children undergoing cancer treatments at Michigan hospitals.

(Observer photo by Chris Gray)

RHS student asks
residents to fill 'toy chest'

Observer Staff Writer
      A Romeo High School junior has rallied her fellow students and community to make Christmas a bit brighter for cancer patients.
       Rachelle Borgiel, a member of the National Honor Society (NHS), has teamed up with Bottomless Toy Chest to collect toys and monetary donations that benefit children undergoing cancer treatments.
       Donations will be collected until Wednesday, Dec. 19.
       Bottomless Toy Chest is a non-profit organization based out of Birmingham with the goal of delivering art projects, crafts and unused toys to patients in five Michigan pediatric hospitals.
       Borgiel said while watching TV she saw a commercial for Bottomless Toy Chest and thought it'd be a perfect program to bring to the Romeo area.
       "I've always wanted to do something for kids with cancer," she said. "This helps kids feel better when they're getting treatments for cancer."
       After contacting the organization and receiving approval, Borgiel set up six drop-off locations for Bottomless Toy Chest: Romeo High School, River of God Community Church, Antique Bank Cafe, Denny's Golden Shears, the Parks and Recreation Center and the Washington Township Municipal Building.
       Any toy donations must be delivered unwrapped. Borgiel and her fellow NHS students will wrap all of the gifts on Thursday, Dec. 20 before they are delivered to the Birmingham location.
       So far, Borgiel said family and friends have donated to the cause, contributing $1,100 in tax-deductible donations, but has found strangers to be generous as well.
       "I've been seeing people I don't know giving toys," she said.
       Borgiel said her hope is that the school district will continue to support the Bottomless Toy Chest program even after she has graduated.
       "It's a good project because the school doesn't have a charity for winter this year, so this is the perfect spot for it," she said.
       The suggested amount for toys is $10. The following are some of the top gifts from Bottomless Toy Chest's wish list: Sound books, baby dolls, stuffed animals, Legos, Hot Wheels, pot holder kits, jewelry kits, knitting kits, fleece blankets and children's DVDs. Violent games and toys are not accepted.
       For more information, contact Borgiel at or visit

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