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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.

St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital

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.

If you wish to be a part of this journey, you may donate here.

Volunteers for Bucket Buddies Mission
have delivered over 9,000 buckets in
26 states and Canada
as of September, 2021.

Each bucket costs approximately $10. If you are interested in sponsoring a bucket or buckets, please click the donate button below to make your tax-deductible donation.

Thank you for your support.

Bucket Buddies Missions, Inc. is 501(c)(3) tax-deductible organization. All donations are tax-deductible.

If you would like to donate items, please send an email to to see what items are needed.  We typically can use items such as crayons, bubbles, Play-Doh®, small puzzles, journals, Hot Wheels® cars, jump ropes, playing cards, UNO® cards, word search books, pens, colored pencils, adult coloring books, lip gloss, fingernail polish, $10 i-Tunes® cards, $5 WalMart or Target gift cards, fun socks for teen girls, earbuds, toddler sippy cups, baby bibs, baby socks, baby wipes, baby books and baby rattles.  We do not accept stuffed animals or any type of hair items.

Deanna Day Young is the author of Extra Hot Fudge Please daily devotional. She is an inspirational speaker and motivator for all things JOY. She loves helping inspire others to remove physical and spiritual junk from their lives and replace it with joy. She is also the President of Bucket Buddies Mission, Inc., a non-profit she and her husband started in memory of her sister, which is designed to make a difference to children who suffer from life-threatening illnesses by delivering buckets of goodies to children’s hospitals around the country. She and her husband, Roger live in southeast Indiana on their family farm. She has two grown daughters and enjoys traveling, reading, decorating, riding her bike, playing the piano and looking for the simple joys in the everyday adventures of life.