Luke Hendrickson spearheads toy drive for CHOC Hospital with a goal of 100 toys by Saturday, Dec 15

By DIANNE RUSSELL

Today, on #GivingTuesday, it seems fitting that a toy drive for CHOC Hospital organized by Luke Hendrickson would be announced. The drive is Luke’s final project in order to achieve Eagle Scout status. His father, Jon, made Stu News aware of Luke’s wish to give back to CHOC by conducting this toy donation drive.

Jon says, “I am an English teacher, Varsity Girls Golf Coach, and JV Baseball Coach at LBHS. My wife Lou Ann is an Instructional Aide at the high school as well. My two daughters (Jamie and Corrie) graduated from LBHS, Curran is a senior, and Luke is a freshman. We love the Laguna Beach community and the public school system and how everyone has helped us raise our children.”

Luke Hendrickson bowling

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On a family bowling excursion a year or two before Luke’s Uncle Ricky died

(L-R) Luke, Curran, Lou Ann, Jon, Jamie, Corrie, Ricky in the middle

 When asked what the basis was for selecting this activity, Jon replies, “When choosing an Eagle Scout Project, the boy scout has a variety of different options. The criteria is the following: While a Life Scout, plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, any school, or your community. 

“Luke decided he wanted to partner with an organization that supported his Uncle Ricky for many years before he passed away at the age of 24. Ricky spent many long hours, days, weeks, and months at CHOC Hospital and they loved and supported him throughout his time there. When I told my son Luke about that, he thought this project would be perfect for his Eagle Scout requirement.”

In order to become an Eagle Scout, there are many requirements. Jon notes: if one works at a frenzied pace, it would take about two years to become an Eagle Scout.

Luke Hendrickson scout

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Luke’s goal – to deliver 100 toys to CHOC on Dec 15

Luke says, “I am partnering with CHOC Hospital this holiday season, and I am conducting a toy drive for kids in need; I would love your help! My Uncle Ricky spent much of his childhood and teenage years at CHOC before passing away, and because of their love and support towards him, I wanted to help those kids currently staying at CHOC have a happier holiday this year. If you want to help support me, my goal is to collect over 100 unwrapped toys and deliver them to CHOC on December 15th.”

Ways to help:

--Buy a new toy(s) from the list below

--Contact Luke via email, phone or text at (949) 278-2508 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

--Luke will come by and pick up the item(s) at your convenience, or you can mail or drop off the unwrapped toy(s) directly to his school address where his dad works as well: 625 Park Ave, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 

--Tax ID number is 95-609-7416 

Toy Donations:

Durable, cleanable unwrapped toys are most useful in the hospital setting. Please choose from the following items only for your toy donation. They cannot accept any used items.

Infant & Toddler

--Musical toys (ones with buttons, knobs, light up, etc.) *Highest priority 

--Crib toys – mobiles, mirrors, busy boxes 

--Teethers and rattles 

--Little People/Weeble People 

--See ’n Say/talking phones 

--Shape sorters/stacking toys

School age

--Action Figures (Batman, Superman, Transformers) 

--Dramatic play-medical play kits, kitchen, food, doll families 

--Coloring books, Paint by Numbers, velvet color posters 

--Barbie Dolls/small dolls 

--My Little Pony, Doc McStuffins

--Princess dolls, dress-up

--Beads and jewelry making kits 

--Craft sets/stickers 

--I Spy Books/Look ‘n’ Find books 

--Light-up wands/Light & spin toys 

--Small Lego building sets/Bionicles 

--Matchbox/Hot Wheels cars (small size cars) 

--Play-doh/Model magic – all colors 

--Playing cards and Uno cards

--Puzzles – 24, 63 & 100 pieces

--Markers and crayons (8, 16 and 24 pack)

Teenagers: CHOC is always in need of more activities for its teen population.

--Makeup/body care products 

--Young Adult novels 

--Clothes, jewelry – teen themed 

--Sweatshirts 

--Sports jerseys, hats 

--Sports equipment 

--Skateboard themed clothing 

--Picture frames 

--Jewelry making kits 

--Slippers 

--Gift bag 

To the community, Luke says, “Thank you so much for your generosity and support!”

With a cause like CHOC Hospital, Luke is certain to reach (and even surpass) his goal.