The Centerville AmeriCorps groups are coming together to help Mercy Medical Center.

According to Lisa McClure, with the Centerville High School AmeriCorps, the groups will be collecting wish list items for the hospital until May 9. They began the collection on Thursday, April 24.

Items the groups want to collect include new, unused crayons, coloring books, board games, puzzles, stuffed animals, books or other kid’s items that can be used by child patients during their hospital stay. The items will also used by children of adult patients while their parents or guardians are in the hospital or at appointments.

The idea came originally from seeing the wish list of Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines, but the AmeriCorps coordinators decided to contact Mercy Medical Center in Centerville to see if they might also have a wish list of items they could use.

McClure said since AmeriCorps focuses on local community betterment and civic engagement, it seemed like a better idea to try and keep the donation local.

Anyone interested in donating new, unused items to the drive can drop them off at Centerville High School during regular school hours until May 9. McClure will also be collecting items May 7 during Toddler Time at the Drake Library. Other AmeriCorps members will be collecting items sometime between now and May 9 on the Square and also at Wal-Mart, although those dates are not yet finalized.

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