Every October, the Lakota community comes together to brighten the holiday season for patients at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in memory of one of its former students. After 13-year-old Jeff Hayden lost his battle with brain cancer in September 2004, his twin brother and a fellow classmate organized a book drive in Jeff’s honor.
Twelve years later, the annual Jeffrey Thomas Hayden Foundation (JTHF) book drive continues due to the generosity of Lakota families and students -- over $60,000 in books, toys, art supplies and other items have been collected.
During the month of October, many Lakota schools will be collecting new books, stickers (any type), journals, music CDs, movie DVDs (no VHS tapes), art supplies and small unopened dollar store toys. The donations will be given to the Liberty Campus of Children’s Hospital to stock their book carts and Child Life department.
Collection bins are located in all Lakota early childhood, elementary and junior high schools. For questions about the drive, contact Zoe Kelley at email@example.com or 404-4977. Click here to learn more about the Jeffrey Thomas Hayden Foundation.