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Paragould mom helps collect Christmas toys for kids at hospital

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT)- The countdown to Christmas has begun and for one Paragould mother that means collecting as many toys as possible.

Ashley Hutchinson is asking the community to help make Christmas a day a few hundred children will never forget.

"It all started back when my youngest son was born last year, he was born at 34 weeks with a bilateral clef palate," she said.

Hutcheson said last year she spent a lot of time at Arkansas Children's Hospital with her son so she knows how hard it is on a child during the holidays.  

"I know how tough it is to see families struggle with the choice of buying a toy for a child or being able to afford a vacation to go see them during the Christmas holidays," she said. "Arkansas Children's Hospital told me they estimate over 200 children that are going to be spending their Christmas fighting for their health."

Hutcheson said a toy can bring a child comfort and hope.

"A toy is going to make them think that they're remembered, they're not forgotten because some parents are not able to be there for them," Hutcheson said. "A toy is going to make them smile, a toy is going to make them forget about their next procedure that they have."

She said she never wants a child to feel left out or forgotten.

"They can't wake up and see the milk and the cookies drank, they cant wake up and see all the presents under the tree," Hutcheson said.

"It's very tough during the holidays and these children we don't want them to be left out at all so that's why I wanted to start doing this for them," she said.

But she is asking for the community's help.

"Anything that will make them forget about what they're there trying to do and focus on being a child and enjoying time," Hutcheson. "Give them a reason to smile, give them hope to live for another day, to fight for their life another day."

You can drop off a toy at 4 locations in Paragould: Glo Salon, Something Sweet, Kiss the Cook and Just Pretend Play. Hutcheson said the toy must be new and in the original packaging.

She will take the toys to Arkansas Children's Hospital on December 9th.

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