ACH Helps Parents With Gifts For Children During Christmas Season

ACH hosts first ever Scout's Snowflake Shoppe for parents to get donated gifts for inpatients.
LITTLE ROCK, AR- The community is coming together to make spirits bright at Arkansas Children's Hospital. Families of current inpatients got a chance to shop for their child this Christmas.

"It's just been an emotional rollercoaster." Rick Sloan, grandfather

Rick Sloan is going through a whirlwind of emotions Sunday. His grandson checked into Arkansas Children's Hospital Friday morning with a serious infection. He underwent surgery and is now on the road to recovery.

"And then you walk in here, and just see what this organization has done for people who may not even have the opportunity to get out of the hospital," said Sloan.

Sloan is touched by the generosity and outpouring of support from those helping children feel some sort of normalcy during the Christmas season.

"There's bike for folks who normally wouldn't get bikes, you know it's just not little stuffed animals. I mean this is stuff that people who may not go without and get something that's pretty outstanding," said Sloan.

The Arkansas Children's Hospital held its first ever Scout's Snowflake Shoppe where Scout, the ACH's mascot, helped parents pick out gifts like toys, games, books and puzzles for their kids. All were made possible through donations.

"It also gives parents an opportunity to have some normalcy in their child's life because it's difficult for a child to spend time and their Christmas in the hospital. We want to provide as much joy as we can even though they might be under very difficult circumstances," said Renee Hunte, Arkansas Children's Hospital.

Hospital officials say people donated these toys throughout the year to ensure families like Sloan don't go without a gift this Christmas.

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