Bucket Buddies Mission, Inc. was founded in honor of Deanna Day Young’s sister, Christina Day Sutton, who suffered for almost 9 years with ovarian cancer. Christina passed away December 13, 2014.
The non-profit mission is a 501(c)3 tax-deductible corporation. It provides gift buckets to children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses who are patients in hospitals and other settings. The buckets may include items such as coloring books, crayons, small toys, playing cards, journal, pen, fingernail polish, toy cars, word search books, etc. There is no cost to the hospital or the patient. It is a gift from Bucket Buddies Mission, Inc.
The first delivery of Bucket Buddies® gifts to a children’s hospital was July 21, 2014 to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. One hundred and one buckets were delivered to the hospital. It was a very exciting and emotional experience.
Our goal is to make a difference to children in all 50 states by 2020.
If you wish to be a part of this journey, you may donate here.
Volunteers for Bucket Buddies Mission
have delivered over 8,000 buckets in
26 states and Canada
as of August, 2019.
Thank you to Cary, NC Hill-Rom colleagues for filling buckets and delivering to Duke Children’s Hospital in Durham, NC. We received the thank you note below from Baby Trenton’s grandmother.
“Good Morning Deanna & Team:
I want to reach out to you and thank you from the bottom of my heart for my grandson’s bucket delivery at Duke Hospital yesterday. He is 3 weeks old today and we are blessed to finally be able to bring him home tomorrow!
This Journey continues because of donations and volunteers like you!!
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
-Roger and Deanna Young
This is my friend, Kadyn. He was our first bucket recipient. Kadyn went to be with Jesus on October 8, 2015 and we miss him. Love ya, buddy!