Girls sell toys to buy gifts for Alberta Children’s Hospital
Thursday, Dec 19, 2013 10:29 am
Earlier this month Jessica, 10, and Chloee Burke-Dobie, 9, made a trip to the Alberta Children’s Hospital to donate 75 stuffed animals to the kids undergoing treatment there.
The girls collected the money to purchase the stuffed animals in the summer by going door-to-door with a wagon full of their own toys in an effort to sell the toys to neighbours and collect funds for the new Christmas gifts they later delivered to the hospital.
“We did it because we weren’t using those toys anymore,” Chloee said.
The girls said once their neighbours learned what the girls were doing, they were eager to help out and some even opted to donate money instead of purchasing a toy.
“It felt good,” Jessica said of the venture.
At the end of their toy sale, Jessica and Chloee raised $120.
Chloee said they decided to give the children at the hospital stuffed animals instead of donating the money “because the kids will like them more.”
The girls went with their dad, George, to undertake the task of shopping for the stuffed animals, which they said was the most fun of the whole process.
Jessica and Chloee were able to purchase 75 Christmas-themed stuffed toys, including reindeer, snowmen, Santa’s and teddy bears in scarves and Christmas hats.
“I’m a proud papa,” George said of his girl’s effort to spread joy.
The family brought the toys to the hospital where they left them with the donation centre. In return for their generosity, both girls received a certificate of recognition as Alberta Children’s Hospital Heroes and were able to leave their name on a leaf of the Kids Helping Kids tree located in the hospital.
The family does a lot of volunteering and the girls have volunteered with Inn From the Cold and as elves at local Christmas markets.
“I’m trying to get them to appreciate what they have,” George said of having his daughters participate in volunteering activities.
The girls, who came up with the toy sale idea on their own, said selling their toys wasn’t a big sacrifice for them because they were helping others.
“It was easy,” Chloee said.
Though the girls didn’t get to meet the children they gave the stuffed animals too, they said they hope the gesture brings them some comfort and joy while they are in the hospital.
“We did it because it makes other kids feel good,” Jessica said.