Cousins Adalyn, 9, Allyson, 9, Piper, 6, and Norah, 6, all have one thing in common – hearts of gold. The adorable foursome from Alden held a lemonade stand and sold handcrafted bracelets this summer to raise funds for a good cause. The girls took some time to plan after the sale and thought what better way to make kids smile than with Squishmallows. You know, those squishy toys that you can’t help but squeeze? With big smiles on their faces and love in their hearts, they shopped until they dropped at Five Below and purchased 38 Sqiuishmallows for the children of Oishei Children’s Hospital.
Mom Melissa Oliver said the girls chose the Squishmallows because they make them happy themselves and they are super popular with kids.
“They felt that when they are worried or scared, stuffed animals make them feel better, so they wanted to share that feeling and comfort with kids at the hospital,” she said.
Today the girls were able to bring the Squishmallows to the hospital where two child life specialists brought out a gurney that was decorated with tinsel and fun, and help the kids load them up. The specialists told the girls how happy their gift would make the kids.
“As a parent, it brings a joy like no other to see them want to give like that. The drive and determination they put into their sale – they really worked to make something like this happen for the hospital. They have such caring hearts and empathy towards others. Brings tears to my eyes,” said Oliver.
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