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The boxes were overflowing with toys and clothing donated by staff at the Newport News Sheriff’s Office for children battling cancer.

So many children will enjoy these presents and those donated from the community to the Wes Strong Foundation.    It honors 12-year-old Wes Pak, who lived in York County.  He passed away in 2018 after his 7-year journey with stage 4 neuroblastoma. 

“Each year, The Wes Strong Foundation helps put hope back in the holidays for local families of patients at CHKD Cancer & Blood Disorder Center as well as other pediatric cancer families in the surrounding area. Wes’ Wish is a toy drive started by the late cancer fighter, Wes Pak, when he was age 5. The drive has been supporting the local community since 2011. Thanks to the donations received from the community and from locations such as the Newport News Sheriff’s Office, families are able to “shop” at no cost for all of their children (gift wrapping included), free from worry about the financial burden that often comes with the holidays. We are truly grateful for the love and support that has been shown to help make our Wes’ Wish family holiday assistance program successful this year,” said Krista Pak.

Wes’ Wish was to help others.  His family and friends work to make sure his wish comes true.