Schwinky – Santa’s Little Helper Christmas Toy Drive

By Wilma Rubock

The Schwink family is organizing a toy drive in loving memory of their son and brother, Michael Clark Schwink. Parents Pat and Glenn and brother Chris and his wife Laura need your help in bringing Christmas joy to kids with cancer who must spend the holidays in a hospital.

Mike was a 23-year-old firefighter and certified EMT from Queen Anne’s County and a 2003 graduate of Kent Island High School. He passed away in 2009 after an 18-month battle with melonama.

Mike had an incredible love of children and a special fondness for Christmas. He loved playing Santa and watching the kids’ faces light up and listening to them laugh. What better way to honor his memory then a toy drive for special children and their families.

The Schwink Drive is looking for new toy donations, books, coloring books, crayons, dvds, and other toys or activities for children through the age of 17. Collections have started and will continue through December 2. Collection boxes are located at various businesses and organizations. The Schwinks will deliver the toys to The Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE.

The Schwink’s also are collecting used family books and movies, dvds, Wii games and x-box games to be given to the Ronald McDonald House at the hospital. They can be placed in the same collection box and should be marked for the Ronald McDonald House.

If you have any questions, please call a member of the Schwink family at 410-643-3926.