SHORELINE, Wash. -- Aishah Njie turns nine in just a couple of weeks. She's been excitedly planning the party. It will be a fancy affair - a tea party complete with delicate china and gumdrops.
But one special guest will be missing.
"She really cared about me," said the adorable 3rd grader.
Aishah's big sister Ahmie was also her best friend. The two were as close as you can imagine.
"She would make up names for us. My name was Sissy Girl."
Two years ago, however, the family got news that was simply unbelievable.
"Having three doctors come in the room with chairs, I knew it wasn't good," said the girls' mother Gienna.
Ahmie had cancer. A year and a half later, she was dead. Ahmie was just 14 years old.
Her little sister still struggles to make sense of it. Aishah misses her sister's guidance and advice.
"I don't know what to do anymore," she said.
As mother and daughter prepare for their first Christmas without Ahmie, they aren't feeling sorry for themselves. Rather, they're feeling for all those sick kids going through what Ahmie did at Seattle Children's Hospital.
"I remember one time we were in-patient on the 7th floor and she said it was so hard being on that floor because seeing all the kids made her so sad," said Gienna.
Aisha decided what she wants more than anything for her birthday is a mountain of toys - 500 of them. All for those sick children.
Aishah and her mom scheduled a series of "toy drops." So far they've reached half of Aishah's goal. Two more drops are scheduled for the next two Sundays, November 22 and 29. They happen from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. at the Lynnwood Toys-R-Us near Alderwood Mall.
New toys or gift cards are gratefully accepted and will be delivered to Children's on December 19.
Aishah's eyes light up when she looks at the pile of toys in her Shoreline living room. It's a smile on the face of a little girl who certainly deserves some joy this season - a joy she's getting by bringing the love she and her sister shared to others who could use a smile as well.
You can find out more about this fundraiser and others the family is planning for the kids at Children's by visiting their Facebook page.