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Toy Donations Passed out to Other Hospitalized Kids
CINCINNATI (Jeff Hirsh) -- She first hoped to bring 500 toys, but a 14-year-old cheerleader from Virginia ended up donating more than four thousand toys to Cincinnati Children's Hospital.
While Savannah Day is recovering from brain surgery, the toys she brought to Cincinnati are being distributed to other kids in the hospital. We may want to re-name this caring teenager 'Savannah Claus'.
Friday child specialist Allie Gennet went room to room, giving out toys donated to the hospital by Savannah Day, a brain surgery patient.
She wanted to make sure everybody had a Christmas present because she had to be at Children's Hospital on Christmas Day. Savannah donated the toys Tuesday, and had surgery Thursday.
"She's doing remarkably well. They didn't run into any complications. It went just as planned."
Savannah can identify with children like 5-year-old Mckenzie, a transplant patient suffering complications. Mckenzie has been here since October.
"These gifts from Savannah have brightened her day. She doesn't want to to to bed at night because she so busy playing!"
Not all of the children here could speak their excitement, lots of babies. 9-month-old Meredith Perkins is in the hospital for respiratory problems after being born with cardiac problems. She should go home soon, with Savannah's gifts.
There are about 500 beds at Children's but Savannah and her sisters donated more than 4,000 toys. So their gift-giving is going to go well beyond Christmas. Any time a child comes into the hospital, any time you can brighten a child's day, it's worth it and Savannah is going to be doing that with her toys for a long time.
"To see the children's faces as they all received their toys as we walked around the hospital is amazing. I don't think Savannah can understand the kids that she's touched and the joy that she's brought to their lives."
Savannah's Toy Drive was helped by local merchants in her home town of Troutville, Virginia, by others who followed her on Facebook, and by fellow cheerleaders from around the nation.