There’s one six year-old in Hugo, Oklahoma, who truly understands what it means to be an “American Girl.”
Brinley Williams was born with kidney issues that sometimes force her to spend time in the hospital. In July of 2017, Brinley was hospitalized at St. Francis Children’s Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma for several days. Though she is just a little girl, she now understands how lonely it can be when you’re stuck in the hospital, so she decided to give back to other kids who find themselves in this predicament.
When Brinley was in the hospital, she was given a very special gift that made the time go by much faster. Someone had donated an American Girl doll, and Brinley adored the doll so much, she wanted to pay it forward.
With help from her parents, Toby and Kristen Williams, Brinley set a goal of raising money to buy 15 American Girl dolls for the children at St. Francis’. She started with a lemonade stand, which earned her $400.
After that, she was able to work as a waitress at the restaurant of a family friend, and when the community members heard what she was up to, they opened their wallets and tipped her extraordinarily well. With their help, Brinley raised another $1,500.
On a lovely spring day in May, less than a year after Brinley was stuck in a hospital bed herself, the little girl went to the American Girl store in Dallas, Texas, to make a very special purchase.
Brinley selected each doll herself, carefully loading the precious cargo into a shopping cart and hauling them up to the register.
She was clearly agog at all that cold, hard, cash! Who could blame her?
Brinley was able to purchase the fifteen dolls she’d promised the kids at St. Francis! When the time came, she happily handed over that thick stack of hundreds so that other kids could experience the joy and gratitude she’d felt when she opened up her American Girl doll.
Kristen and Toby could not be prouder of their little girl. We’re proud of you too, Brinley!
The hospital plans to let Brinley hand-deliver all fifteen dolls to their grateful recipients later in the month.
It’s always so nice to see a child this young who recognizes our moral obligation to return the blessings they’ve been given. Brinley is a shining example to everyone, both young and old. She’s a true American girl!
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