Teenager launches her seventh toy drive

Elisabeth Bise’s “25 Days of Christmas” is accepting donations

Since she was 8 years old, Elisabeth Bise has been helping collect toys for children in need with her older sister Victoria. Now she’s 14, her sister has gone off to college, and she hopes the annual toy drive will continue to grow and thrive. 

Last year, the “25 Days of Christmas” drive collected more than 700 toys for children of all ages. The toys are distributed to children in the George Town Hospital pediatric ward, the Children and Family Services Department and anywhere else they’re needed. 

“Over the time the toy drive has evolved, we’ve been able to provide toys for every child in the Children and Family Department,” Elisabeth said.  

She also accepts cash donations to buy presents for older children and items needed at the pediatric ward at the Cayman Islands Hospital. 

Her mother, Veronique Bise, said, “Presents for babies and little kids are easy to buy,” but teenagers are often left out.  

“Teenagers deserve something for Christmas too,” Elisabeth added. 

She said demand for toys has also grown. People call the Bise family when they know of children in the community whose parents may not be able to afford presents. “Every child needs to have something to open on Christmas or whatever holiday they celebrate,” she said. 

New, unwrapped gifts may be dropped off at the Cayman Islands Customs Agency on Godfrey Nixon Way, or email [email protected] for large or group donations so that a pick-up can be arranged. The toy drive runs through Dec. 16. 

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Elisabeth Bise stands with presents collected in last year’s toy drive, during which she collected more than 700 toys and gifts.

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