SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood High School Community Service Club is partnering with Jenna's Drive to make the holidays a little brighter for patients at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Donations of new, unwrapped toys and gift cards can be dropped off at Spotswood High School from now through December 12. Donations will be delivered to the hospital's oncology floor on December 13. Residents can also drop off toy donations at the annual Spotswood tree lighting on Saturday, December 7 at the Municipal Complex. A table will be set up to collect the donations.
Jenna Dumanski is a freshman at Spotswood High School and started Jenna's Drive five years ago. Dumanski decided to give back to the hospital that helped her younger brother Tommy. CHOP, as the hospital is for commonly known, is the United States' first hospital dedicated entirely to the care of children. The pediatric facility is well know for its innovative and cutting edge medial treatments. It is a place the Milltown resident and her family are quite familiar with. On August 28, 2014, Dumanski donated bone marrow to save her then infant brother.
Tommy was only two months old when he was diagnosed with a rare genetic disease, Chronic Granulomatous Disease. His diagnosis and treatment brought the Milltown family to CHOP. The initial picture was bleak. Tommy's only chance of survival was a bone marrow transplant. However, even with the transplant the infant was only give a 50/50 chance of a full recovery. When the genetic testing on the family was complete Dumanski was a perfect match. The then eight year old did not hesitate, donating her bone marrow to help her little brother.
Jenna's Drive began in December of 2014 as a way for Dumanski to give back to the hospital that saved her brother. The first drive brought 200 toys to the oncology floor. In 2015, the drive exploded with donations reaching around 2,000 toys. The tradition has continued with toys also being collected in Milltown's Parkview and Joyce Kilmer Schools.
New, unwrapped toys dropped off at Spotswood High School should be brought to the attention of Spotswood High School teachers Megan Mucci or Dianna Altmiller.