LAKE JACKSON — Mia Spargo is rounding up toys for cancer kids again this year for Mia’s Magical Toy Drive. Each year for the past four years, the 11-year-old cancer survivor works to gather as many toys as she can for children who have to spend their days, even Christmas, in a hospital bed.

“She was asking, ‘Momma, can I spend my own money to give back?’ and we asked ‘Are you sure about this?’ because it was her money we gave her for her birthday, but she was absolutely sure,” said Marina Spargo, Mia’s mom. “When we got out of the hospital, we went to the store, she got some stuff like coloring books, pencils, some small Teddy bears and we made some goody bags and we delivered them. That’s how her magical toy drive started. The next year, she asked to do it again and again.”

Last year, Mia’s Magical Toy Drive brought in over 2,000 toys for sick children, almost three times that of previous drives, according to Spargo.

“It was 8 a.m. I remember. We were still sleeping and some old guy came to our house and donated lots of toys and said ‘I saw the paper and came right away to donate,’” she said. “Every single day, people were coming and coming to send toys.”

Spargo added that people don’t always realize children who are sick are often sick for long periods of time, causing them to be stuck in the hospital, indoors, for days, weeks, months, even years on end. Unable to run around outside and play with other kids can be really tough, especially around the holidays.

“I remember Mia’s face, she is looking in the window and just crying because you clearly see the kids running and playing and doing all the stuff but your child is taking extremely difficult medications like chemotherapy,” Spargo said. “It’s not fun, so these kids they deserve to be spoiled. It’s no doubt about this.”

Toys or money to buy toys can be donated and dropped off at the Spargos’ residence at 415 Azalea St. until Dec. 16. First thing the following morning, Mia Spargo will bring the gifts to area hospitals where sick children are waiting to be surprised.

Elizabeth Parrish is the features writer for The Facts. She can be reached at 979-237-0149.

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