Our Mission

Every day, a deck of cards, a doll or a stuffed animal puts a smile on the face of a child who hasn’t smiled in quite some time. Zach’s Toy Chest donates toys, games, books and other items that help boost the spirits of patients of all ages. A well-stocked toy chest ensures that every patient has a gift for holidays, birthdays and most importantly, a little something to serve as a reward for their courage in fighting cancer and other critical illnesses.

The toy chest provides items to thousands of patients who are treated in eastern North Carolina children’s hospitals. Toys also help stock playrooms in the hospitals.

Playing is essential when a child is undergoing difficult treatment or procedures due to cancer and other critical illnesses. Providing a new game or toy and watching a smile light up a child’s face is a special moment for families, staff and volunteers.