Inspiring Gifts Made by Seven-Year Old
May 24, 2012
Teddy bears, dolls, art supplies, and games are the stuff of dreams for most seven-year-olds, yet when young Molly Feitlich of Waterman turned seven this year, she wanted these birthday gifts not for herself, but to give away to kids being treated at Kishwaukee Community Hospital. Molly’s mom, Melissa, recalled her daughter saying, “‘Mom, I want to think of ways to raise money for kids in the hospital,’” and she told all her friends about her plan as well. Molly’s younger sister was an overnight hospital patient not long ago and Mrs. Feitlich says the experience stayed with her. “Molly just felt that the sick kids needed something to make them happy,” her mom noted. “She had just received a number of toys for Christmas and a new bedroom and felt she did not need anything else.”
Molly has been an active donor for a few years now, having donated all proceeds from a lemonade stand last summer to KishHealth Foundation. She also volunteers time serving meals to those in need and had previously donated birthday gifts to families in need in DeKalb County. “I am amazed at her generous heart,” said Molly’s mom. “She’s always had a desire to make a difference.”
“We are truly inspired by Molly’s generosity,” said Health Foundation Executive Director Marcy Rubic. “When Molly learned that a young boy going through an uncomfortable treatment received one of her birthday toys—and that it immediately brought joy to his tearful eyes—her mom told us Molly said, ‘it is sad that the boy had to have that happen, but it's happy and funny that he got the toy.’”
For more information about KishHealth Foundation, please call 815.748.9954 or visit www.kishhealthfoundation.org.