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Nov 1, 2010 10:21 PM by Dr. Anya Winslow

Christmas came early at Memorial Hospital for Children

A little over a year ago, Gracie Packard's grandmother broke her hip and was admitted into Memorial Hospital North. When she and her brother discovered the hospital's library, they were thrilled to find a place where they could go to take their minds off things. To their dismay, however, the library did not have any children's books for them to enjoy.

Right afterwards, "I went home and gathered up some of my old toys and books so other kids would have the chance to enjoy being able to play with things and not really have to focus on pain or anything like that," says now eleven-year-old Packard.

For over a year, Gracie's mission was to raise money to purchase books and toys for the Memorial Hospital for Children, "So that lots of kids could have that opportunity," she says. Friends and family helped with the donations for her to buy the items. Out of her wanting to raise money for this cause "Books to Help" was born.

On Monday, Gracie brought a wagon full of toys, forty-two toys, in fact, to Memorial Hospital for Children. Her goal number is to collect "at least a thousand" and she adds, "If you just have an idea, pursue it because it can really turn into something wonderful."

Books to Help is an unofficial nonprofit organization started by Gracie. The goal of the organization is to provide other hospitals with toys and books for children of all ages. If you would like to contribute to her effort click here.

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