D-Rek's Warriors Holds Toy Drive For Southeast Georgia Health System Pediatric Patients

Grinch donating presentsDecember 15, 2020 – On Saturday, Dec. 5, D-Rek’s Warriors, led by local activist Derek Canas, showered Southeast Georgia Health System with over 200 brand new toys for pediatric patients.

Canas, a n HIV-AIDS activist who was diagnosed with HIV following a blood transfusion in 1985, clearly recalls being sick as a child and spending countless days in the hospital. Those days added up to nearly three years of his childhood. Driven by the desire to give back and the determination to bring joy to hospitalized children, he organized a toy drive with assistance from fellow D-Rek’s Warriors.

“Derek is a blessing,” said Krista Robitz, director, Development, Southeast Georgia Health System Foundation. “His dedication and hard work made this toy drive a huge success. Derek created an online giving platform for the drive so the pandemic would not interfere. The Health System, our pediatric patients and their families are very grateful for Derek.”

The visit included a special appearance from the Grinch who spread cheer and joy to staff and residents at the Health System’s Senior Care Center and Emergency Care Center.