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Girl donates gifts to children who can't be home for Christmas

By Olivia Wilmsen, Multimedia Journalist, olivia.wilmsen@krdo.com
Published On: Dec 23 2013 09:57:35 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 24 2013 12:02:02 AM CST

A girl decided all she wanted for her birthday was to give gifts to kids in the hospital.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

A Colorado Springs girl decided to give gifts for her birthday and Christmas this year to Children's Hospital Colorado at Memorial Hospital.

Jordan Lewis is filling Santa's shoes this year. She turns eight on December 28 and instead of receiving toys, she wanted to give gifts for Christmas to children at the hospital.

"I'm very proud of her. I never imagined that she would ask to do something like this," said Jordan's mom, Jamie Lewis.

It all started a year ago when Jordan spent time in the Children's Hospital Colorado. Knowing how it feels to be stuck in the hospital, she decided to make the holidays happier for kids there now.

"The children will feel a lot more special than me," said Jordan.

She handed out three gifts to the Marquez family who's four-day-old baby boy is in the neonatal intensive care unit. 

"It's meaningful because there's people that don't care about themselves," said brother Joel Marquez, 13.

"She gave it to me and I said thank you and doing it like that is so kind," said five-year-old brother Jazial Marquez. 

Jordan guessed she collected 10,000 toys with a laugh. Not quite, but enough to fill two car loads.

The Lewis family raised more than $3,100 to buy toys for the more than 70 kids at Children's Hospital Colorado.

"I didn't know that we would get all of it because I didn't think that very many people would know I doing this," said Jordan.

Jordan has social media to thank for her success. Her mom set-up a Facebook page for her eighth birthday wish. 

"She got support from all over Hawaii and Alaska and some friends that we had out of state that sent her gifts," said Jamie Lewis.

The hospital couldn't be more proud of Jordan's gift giving skills.

"To see the joy and relief and just the satisfaction knowing that their kids are not going to go without during this difficult time truly is rewarding for me," said Greg Raymond with Children's Hospital Colorado at Memorial Hospital.

"One little birthday wish definitely turned into something good for these children," said Jamie Lewis.

Jordan and her family plan on making this a Christmas tradition, collecting toys for kids at the hospital every year.

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