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Local kids donate birthday gifts to hospital’s pediatric patients

La Grange – Put most 6-year-olds in a room full of birthday presents and they’d unwrap the pile faster than you can say “Webkinz.” Aidan and Kendall Kelly, however, aren’t most 6-year-olds. After their birthday party, the Western Springs twins looked at the carload of presents – gifts from their kindergarten classmates – and thought there were just too many to keep for themselves. Their mom, Julia Kelly, asked the little ones what they wanted to do with their toys.

“We should give them away to kids who don’t have toys,” Kendall answered. She and her brother turned six April 2 and are entering first grade at Field Park Elementary School in Western Springs.

The family thought of some local charities that would benefit from such a donation when Julia suggested Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. Aidan and Kendall each chose one present from their birthday party and packed up the rest to deliver to the hospital’s pediatric unit, where they will be distributed to patients. Even their 4-year-old sister, Claire, donated a few presents from her March 12 birthday.

On the way there, Aidan was unusually quiet, prompting his mother to ask if he was having second thoughts.


“No,” he replied. “I know these toys are going to kids who need them more than we do.”


More than 30 presents will benefit the hospital’s pediatric patients. Michelle Nottoli, RN, clinical manager/coordinator of surgical pediatrics, accepted the gifts on behalf of the unit on July 24.


“We are so thankful to the Kelly family for their generosity,” Nottoli said. “To make an adult decision at such a young age speaks volumes about these little ones and their parents. We only hope that more kids would follow their example by giving back to their community.”



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