“Their eyes were so wide with excitement. They weren’t expecting that,” said Shari Harmon, clinical coordinator for Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley. “It’s so heartwarming how different community organizations reach out to these kids and their families, some of whom can’t afford a lot at Christmas.
“This event is a time for families to get together, celebrate the season and relax for a night and not worry about getting treatments.”
The Toys R Us gift cards were a surprise gift from a new donor, who also presented each family with a holiday ornament.
“The Mercy Health Police Department wanted to do something special for us,” Shari said. “They reached out and asked what we can use.”
“We went to Toys R Us the next morning after his doctor’s appointment in Boardman, and after looking around at different things he decided he wanted to use his gift card to buy his brother a Christmas present,” his mother, Joy Sypert, said. “It just melted my heart.”
Each family received a cake, a box of Christmas cards and a professional family portrait.