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Raising seven children yet helping hundreds more

Nursing home administrator Sue McNab was visiting patients at Adventist Bolingbrook hospital when she saw a flier advertising the need for new toys in the medical/surgical unit. Because of McNab’s love for children, she spearheaded a toy drive at her workplace and even convinced her husband to do the same at his office.

“No child deserves to get sick, let alone go to the hospital, so we should at least make their stay a little bit brighter by surrounding them with toys,” she said. “What can I say, I just love kids.”

Between McNab and her husband, they have seven kids: age 18 months, 10, 14, 16, 17, 18 and 19 years old.

“Even though we have such a large family, we always like to do things to help out other people,” said McNab, who lives in Minooka.

Beginning in July, pediatric patients will be admitted to patient rooms on the medical/surgical unit. For infection control reasons, they cannot keep toys for multiple children to play with, so officials created the toy drive to provide each child with a new toy they can take home with them. Toys such as dolls, books, crayons, cars, boats, etc., can be dropped off at the front desk.

Since the initial start of McNab’s mission she was able to involve her entire company in helping with the toy drive, and her husband’s workplace has promised cash donations.

“I think that the work and dedication that Sue has put into this is completely remarkable,” said Kathy Garrett, OB educator at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital. “We are very grateful for her generosity and wish there were more people like Sue in our community.”

If you are interested in donating a toy, please contact Garrett at 630-312-4260.