Alex Walker knows what it’s like to feel scared and alone in the hospital. She’s lived it.
The little girl from Ohio was diagnosed with epilepsy at 11 months old and suffers up to 100 seizures a day. As such, the seven-year-old is no stranger to the stark rooms and gloomy atmosphere that accompany hospital visits. But she made it through every treatment thanks to the comforting presence of her teddy bear, Sky Bear.
Over the years, though, she’s noticed other children go without a cuddly friend during their own treatments. She knows what a difference these toys can make, so she vowed to do something about it. Thus began her mission to spread joy to sick children: Alex’s Fluffy Buddies.
“I was in the hospital and I saw some kids without stuffed animals and I wanted to give some of mine, but my mom said no they need to be new. So I saved my Chuck E. Cheese money and I buy bears,” Alex said, adding, “because they just seemed lonely and sad in there.”
Since she was four years old, Alex has delivered hundreds of stuffed animals to local hospitals including Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House Charities, and police and fire departments. She even ships them to children who could use one but live out of state. She and her parents started out buying the toys themselves and accepting donations from friends and family, but the project has grown so much that they’ve launched a GoFundMe campaign, which has since raised over $20,000.
The family is currently working on turning Alex’s Fluffy Buddies into a non-profit organization, through which Alex hopes to donate over 100,000 stuffed animals. Her parents couldn’t be more proud of their daughter’s giving spirit.
“I love watching Alex bring happiness to a kid that’s in a situation they don’t want to be in,” Alex’s mom, Melissa said. “They’re not happy, they might be scared like she was.”
“A little bit of fresh air, a breath of kindness, a little bit of a distraction makes a world of a difference,” added Leah Foster, the mother of a young patient.
With a heart as kind and generous as hers, just imagine how much of an impact she’ll make! We have no doubt Alex will soon surpass her goal and brighten the lives of countless other children.
Learn more about Alex’s project in the video below, and share to spread her mission!
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