David's Treasure Chest Toy Closet
Make A Donation
If you would like to make a donation to David's Treasure Chest toy closet, please email Belinda Foster or call at (203) 276-5995.
David’s Treasure Chest toy closet located in the new pediatric unit at Stamford Hospital offers new, age-appropriate gifts. Any child admitted to the hospital receives a free gift. The ‘treasures’ from the toy closet are made possible through gifts of toys and monetary donations from local organizations, businesses, and the community. Donations, new toys, and gifts are welcome throughout the year.
David Bennett Kanarek's Story
“David’s Treasure Chest,” honors David Bennett Kanarek of Greenwich, who lost his battle with leukemia in 2000, at the age of 15.
The doors to the toy closet first opened in November 2003 when it was dedicated by David’s parents, Robin and Joseph Kanarek, and his sister Sarah. Robin Bennett Kanarek worked as a diabetes nurse educator at Stamford Hospital prior to moving to London after her son’s death. She is the daughter of Carl and Dorothy Bennett of Greenwich, leading Stamford Hospital benefactors, with both the Bennett Cancer Center and Stamford Hospital’s main campus, the Bennett Medical Center, named in their honor.
“David would be especially proud of this remembrance because of the smiles it brings to children’s faces,” says Mrs. Kanarek. “Our hope is that when children select a toy from the Treasure Chest, they will enjoy a momentary escape from the hospital experience. We know firsthand what that meant to David, and want other children and their families to be able to experience it too.”