When Avani Patel was 11 years old and a middle schooler, a diagnosis of Hodgkin lymphoma sent her to the hospital where she amused herself with toys and television.

Patel remembers that donated toys helped her pass the time as she battled childhood leukemia at the Scottish Rite campus of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and she has always wanted to give back.

“I always wanted to have a toy drive for the hospital, but the timing wasn’t right,” she said.

To ensure that other children have toys to play with, Patel, now 19, launched a toy drive as part of her Perspectives course at GSU's Perimeter campus.

Professor Beth Wallace’s Perspectives course, “Diversity and Multiculturalism in Your Community,” gave her the platform to launch her toy drive.

The class, which connects students to their communities, embraced the project and began collecting toys, which can be donated through July 17 to Wallace’s offices, Building CA Room 1110 on the Clarkston campus, and Building SA Room 2280 on the Decatur campus.

Patel says the donated toys will be delivered July 18 to the Scottish Rite hospital. Because of germs and infection control, donated toys and games must be new.

For more information, email apatel264@student.gsu.edu.