Keian Blundell was made an honourary member of the RCMP before he passed away from leukemia in 2014. Keian’s Holiday Wish Toy Drive began in 2012. (Submitted photo: Surrey RCMP)

Keian Blundell was made an honourary member of the RCMP before he passed away from leukemia in 2014. Keian’s Holiday Wish Toy Drive began in 2012. (Submitted photo: Surrey RCMP)

VIDEO: Surrey RCMP collecting donations for sick children through annual toy drive

Toy drive continues in memory of Keian Blundell who passed away from leukemia in 2014

A Surrey RCMP member says it’s all because of a six-year-old boy’s wish that the detachment plans to collect thousands of dollars and toys in support of an annual toy drive.

Keian’s Holiday Wish Toy Drive began in 2012 when Keian Blundell, who had T-Cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia, was just five years old, according to a news release from Surrey RCMP.

This year, the Surrey RCMP will be collecting donations of cash or new, unwrapped toys for BC Children’s Hospital and Canuck Place Children’s Hospice in memory of Keian who was made an honourary member of the RCMP before he passed away from leukemia in 2014.

“Keian’s holiday wish was for every sick child to receive a gift during the holiday season. He lost his battle with leukemia in 2014, but his legacy lives on through this annual toy drive,” RCMP said in a news release.

Surrey RCMP Constable Mark Peterse, who is also lead organizer for the toy drive, said that he got to meet Keian before he passed away. Peterse said that after Keian was diagnosed, he just wasn’t to help others.

“That year, he didn’t want presents. He just wanted other kids to get gifts. To be a six-year-old and have that kind of a soul, I just couldn’t believe it,” he said. “All of this is because of one boy’s wish.”

On Dec. 18, Peterse said detachment members will go to BC Children’s Hospital to donate the funds and toys.

“It’s this big convoy that comes out there. We end up having members in serge, regular members, auxiliary, emergency response,” he said. “Keian had a love for superheroes and police. He always thought that police were superheroes, so we actually have six superheroes that come out.”

Last year, said Peterse, the detachment and Surrey residents raised $3,600 in cash donations and collected more than 4,200 toys for Keian’s Holiday Wish Toy Drive. It was the detachment’s first year taking part in the toy drive.

Donations can be dropped off at the Surrey RCMP’s main detachment (14355 57th Ave.) or at one of the four district offices in Whalley/City Centre, Newton, Cloverdale and South Surrey. The Guildford officer will remain closed until 2019, according to police.

Surrey RCMP officers, staff and volunteers will also be on site accepting donations on the following days:

• Saturday, Dec. 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Newton Superstore (7550 King George Blvd.)

• Saturday, Dec. 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Guildford Superstore (14650 104th Ave.)

• Saturday, Dec, 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the South Surrey Superstore (2332 160 St.)

Keian’s parents, Chantal and Ryan said that through the toy drive, they “carry on his desire to bring smiles to the children at BC Children’s Hospital and Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.

RELATED: Keian’s Toy Drive breaks records with 4,000 toys delivered to sick children

RELATED: Keian’s memory lives on with holiday wish toy drive

“Whether they are newborn or nearly 18 years old, every child is important and every child should experience joy and happiness during the holiday season. This was Keian’s wish and this is our mission – year after year. Our community has continually surrounded our family with love; during Keian’s diagnosis, treatment, passing and now as we live through his legacy. We know that Keian would be ecstatic to know his adopted RCMP brothers and sisters are helping his family honour his memory,” Chantal and Ryan said in the release.

For more information on Keian’s Holiday Wish Toy Drive, visit the Surrey RCMP on Facebook or Twitter.



lauren.collins@surreynowleader.com

Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram and follow Lauren on Twitter

 

Surrey RCMP was outside of the Newton Real Canadian Superstore on Saturday (Dec. 1) collecting donations for Keian’s Holiday Wish Toy Drive. The detachment will be at two other Superstore locations this month to collect cash and toy donations for the toy drive. (Photo: Lauren Collins)

Surrey RCMP was outside of the Newton Real Canadian Superstore on Saturday (Dec. 1) collecting donations for Keian’s Holiday Wish Toy Drive. The detachment will be at two other Superstore locations this month to collect cash and toy donations for the toy drive. (Photo: Lauren Collins)

Just Posted

People were lined up around the fields at a drop-in vaccine clinic at Newton Athletic Park on Tuesday (April 27, 2021), which is one of the high-transmission neighbourhoods that are being given vaccine priority. This clinic was one of at least three to open in the city on Tuesday. (Photo: Lauren Collins)
Surrey’s weekly cases continue to drop, push for 80% vaccination rate citywide

BCCDC reports 263 cases for Surrey the week of May 30 to June 5

Fleetwood Park Secondary School’s 2021 commencement ceremonies were held over the course of two days, June 10 and 11. Grads went through a small, distanced ceremony in groups of four, with up to four members of the grad’s household. (Photo: Lauren Collins)
Surrey’s 2021 grads find creative ways to celebrate in another year of COVID-19

This year’s Grade 12 students were unable to have any large-scale events

Friends of Bear Creek Park held a ‘yellow-ribbon event’ on Saturday (June 12, 2021), with protesters at 84th Avenue and King George Boulevard and 84th Avenue and 140th Street. People were asked to tie a yellow ribbon in their yard “to celebrate and to show support for our trees in Bear Creek Park.” (Photo: Lauren Collins)
Protesters hold ‘yellow-ribbon’ event at Surrey’s Bear Creek Park

People asked to tie a yellow ribbon in their yard to ‘show support for our trees’

All nine White Rock Renegades softball teams are set to take part in the Canadian Pride and Power Tournament, scheduled for July 1-4. (Aaron Hinks photo)
White Rock Renegades set to host multi-team Pride and Power softball tournament

‘There’s going to be a lot of excitement in the park,’ said Greg Timm

The Lower Mainland Green Team and students from Earl Marriott Secondary remove invasive plants from White Rock’s Ruth Johnson Park. (Contributed photo)
Green Team returns to White Rock’s Ruth Johnson Park to monitor previous work

Environmental volunteers, South Surrey students remove invasive species

At an outdoor drive-in convocation ceremony, Mount Royal University bestows an honorary Doctor of Laws on Blackfoot Elder and residential school survivor Clarence Wolfleg in Calgary on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
‘You didn’t get the best of me’: Residential school survivor gets honorary doctorate

Clarence Wolfleg receives honorary doctorate from Mount Royal University, the highest honour the school gives out

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)
‘Maybe this time they will listen’: Survivor shares stories from B.C. residential school

Jack Kruger, living in Syilx territory, wasn’t surprised by news of 215 children’s remains found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

A logging truck carries its load down the Elaho Valley near in Squamish, B.C. in this file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody
Squamish Nation calls for old-growth logging moratorium in its territory

The nation says 44% of old-growth forests in its 6,900-square kilometre territory are protected while the rest remain at risk

Flowers and cards are left at a makeshift memorial at a monument outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School to honour the 215 children whose remains are believed to have been discovered buried near the city in Kamloops, B.C., on Monday, May 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘Pick a Sunday:’ Indigenous leaders ask Catholics to stay home, push for apology

Indigenous leaders are calling on Catholics to stand in solidarity with residential school survivors by not attending church services

“They will never be forgotten, every child matters,” says Sioux Valley Chief Jennifer Bone in a video statement June 1. (Screen grab)
104 ‘potential graves’ detected at site of former residential school in Manitoba

Sioux Valley Dakota Nation working to identify, repatriate students buried near former Brandon residential school

Most Read