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Mike Hess and daughter Keely holding toy drive to bring joy to kids fighting cancer

The Hess family has been through so much, they want to give back by filling Joy Jars so other kids with cancer can be blessed like Keely was.

SAN DIEGO — December is the most wonderful time of the year for many, but families of children fighting cancer are often caught in unfamiliar places for the holidays. Because of this, a local brewer and his daughter, a cancer survivor herself, are teaming up to make sure every kid has a gift. Kids undergoing cancer treatment are often isolated and lonely, unable to have visitors because they are immuno-compromised and the Joy Jars bring a ray of sunshine, hope and playfulness into their lives.

Mike Hess, his daughter Keely, and their entire family were in the hospital at this time last year helping Keely fight for her life. One year later she is on the other side – in remission! Keely knows firsthand how Joy Jars can lift spirits of kids facing such difficult challenges.

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Because of this, they are hosting toy drives at all Mike Hess Brewing locations through December 15 to help stuff Joy Jars! All toys must fit in a four-inch opening and must not be taller than six inches to fit in the jar. Once donated, the toys will be sent to the Jessie Rees Foundation where they will be sorted by age and shipped out to kids all over the country.

For more information, check out The Jessie Rees Foundation website

Some ideas for new toys include:

  • Hot Wheels
  • Playing cards
  • Markers
  • Notepad Pens
  • Trading Cards
  • Mad Libs
  • Activity books
  • Beanie Hats
  • Fun Socks
  • Small slinkys
  • Books
  • Lights
  • Earbuds
  • Travel Games
  • Dominoes
  • Wallets 3” or less
  • Rubik’s Cubes
  • Lego Minis
  • Gift cards
  • Bandanas
  • Small notepads
  • Jewelry
  • Sleep masks
  • Coin purses
  • Cloth headbands
  • Makeup bags