Remember wishing all year for that special toy on Christmas morning? Now imagine that it never came because the money had to be spent on medical bills for a sick child. That is a reality for many families with chronically ill children and their siblings.
"Toys for Kids"of Intensive Care Families, now in it's 20th year, is an annual project that helps bring Christmas presents to families of sick kids, and their siblings. Local dentist, Dr. John Winskill, is the founder of this project that benefits Mary Bridge Children's Hospital. His son, Christopher, is on life support and has needed round-the-clock care since he was two years old (he is now 21).
"These families are invisible, for the most part, and the other siblings in the family really give it up all year long for their sick brother or sister. This is a chance to not just help the sick child but to really do something nice as well for their brothers and sisters" said Dr. John Winskill.
150 children will benefit from today's shopping extravaganza. In the last 16 years, Winskill, his partners, and supporters have bought toys for 1,900 children.
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