ARLINGTON — For the past eight years, ever since their 26-year-old son Cameron passed away from cancer, Magic Shears co-owners Randy and Debbie Howell have donated items to the oncology department of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center of Seattle, but as they planned their collection drive for this year, the Arlington couple decided to focus on the needs of those a bit closer to home.
So, through Saturday, Dec. 22, Magic Shears’ collection box will be taking in books, games, blankets and other items to comfort the patients at Cascade Valley Hospital’s oncology department.
“We know how tough it is to spend time in a hospital with nothing to do,” Debbie Howell said. “Our shop has been here for 30 years, and this community helped us out through our son’s illness, so we’d like to return the favor.”
Magic Shears has already taken in a few coloring books and markers for younger patients, but they’d also like to receive some pens and paper, puzzles and other games for adults.
“Lap blankets help keep the patients warm, since they get cold very easily when they’re undergoing treatment,” Howell said. “Freshly knitted hats and scarves will not only also keep them warm, but help prevent them from catching germs from used clothing items.”
The Howells plan on dropping their collections off to Cascade Valley Hospital in person, in memory of their son.
“They’re in our backyard and they need it,” Howell said. “Arlington is our bread and butter, and it’s supported us throughout the years.”
Magic Shears is located at 306 N. Olympic Ave. in Arlington. For more information, call 360-435-3833.