Toys for Tots pairs with Be The Match

Posted at 5:33 PM, Dec 23, 2015
and last updated 2017-09-20 19:53:24-04

Toys and a bone marrow registry?

Doesn't seem like the two would go together, but on Monday, they did.

At the Community Council of Idaho, Toys for Tots teamed up with Be The Match, an organization that helps people diagnosed with life threatening blood cancers.

When families came to pick up their toys, they were asked to join the organization.
The donor registry is lacking Latinos, and this is a way to get more people signed up for a possible match, and potentially save lives of members in the community.

"Since we were having the toys for tots distribution, we thought it was a perfect time because we already have people coming in to educate them about Be The Match.  We did end up with 41 donors that signed up that day for the registry. That's double what they are telling us they normally get for Latinos during a drive. We are very proud of that," said Sarah Sanjuan of the Community Council of Idaho.

There are currently several people in Idaho that are in need of a match.

The community council of Idaho says they plan on pairing Be The Match with more events like this one.