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Nonprofit delivers toys to children in hospital

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

A local nonprofit made a special delivery to children in the hospital, with a little help.

On Thursday, Bottomless Toy Chest stopped by Hurley Medical Center in Flint to donate more than 50 brand new toys.

The toys were all given to the hospital's youngest patients in the pediatric and sickle-cell-clinic.

They came straight from the North Pole, delivered by the man in red himself.

“Well, I’m just grateful that I’m able to come here to them, because they've got so much going in their lives obviously, because they’re here,” Santa Claus said. “This little bit of joy, it gets to you. Santa has almost lost it once or twice but it's very rewarding.”

Each brand new toy given to the children is gift-wrapped in clear cellophane by volunteers, to keep the toys clean for children with weakened immune systems.

It also lets them see what's inside when they choose their gifts, so they can feel a sense of control in a hospital environment.

“We always say that we get paid in smiles there's nothing quite like seeing the face of a child go form frightened, scared, and upset to just feeling happy and feeling like a child,” said Mickey Guisewite, founder of Bottomless Toy Chest.

This year the Bottomless Toy Chest said it expected to deliver over 30,000 toys and activities to children.

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