Tinley Park Teen Completes Toy Drive, Becomes Eagle Scout and Helps Children Fighting Cancer

The Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation of Orland Park recently received more than 700 toys thanks to the tireless work of Tinley Park teenager Erik Spiller. The diligent teen, a member of Boy Scout Troop 911, completed the impressive service project in order to achieve Eagle Scout status, the highest rank attainable by members of the Boy Scouts of America. Only three percent of Boy Scouts nationwide are able to achieve the coveted Eagle Scout ranking.


Erik organized, implemented and coordinated the collection of toys while witnessing a fantastic level of support from his fellow parishioners at Trinity Lutheran Church in Tinley Park. Erik said, "I really got a great response to the toy drive. The support from my church was especially overwhelming."


Erik's father, Jim Spiller said, "My cousin died of leukemia and my aunt is currently suffering with cancer. I just want these brave children to be happy, I think all children deserve to be happy. Hopefully these toys will help."



4b Eagle Scout

Eagle Scout Erik Spiller receives a congratulatory handshake from his proud father, Jim Spiller, while surrounded at the Treasure Chest Foundation warehouse by the tremendous assortment of brand new toys for children and teens battling cancer.