When an eight-year-old girl worried Santa might not bring enough toys for all the kids at the hospital, she decided to become his helper.
Sadie Keller launched her own toy drive and delivered nearly 1,300 toys to kids at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, Texas before Christmas.
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She’d been in the hospital herself earlier this year for cancer treatment and knew from experience how much kids would rather be home for the holiday.
“When you’re at home, you have the best Christmas ever,” Sadie told TODAY. “When you’re in the hospital, you don’t have a very good Christmas. I just wanted it to be better for them.”
Sadie started her toy drive November 20 with a video asking for donations. She and her parents hoped to collect 300 toys originally, but box after box kept arriving until they had 1,276 items — bikes, scooters, giant stuffed animals, doll houses, Legos, and just about anything else a kid could hope for on Christmas morning.
The tradition at the hospital is for Santa to hand three presents to each patient, and another gift to each sibling. The hospital relies on donated gifts each year, but a spokesperson says this was the best selection of gifts they can remember, thanks to the sleigh-full that came from Sadie.
Photo: Sarah Tarrillion Keller, Facebook
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