Every year, many children become sick around the holidays and need to go to the hospital. They often spend Christmas there, which can be lonely and boring.
But there's one little Santa who is determined to deck the hospital halls with lots of presents.
Seven-year-old Chole Shinneman is a pint-sized Santa, labeling hundreds of new toys for sick children with her mom in their Plant City home.
"I call it the Daisy Project," Chole said.
She named it after her favorite flower. The Daisy Project blossomed from a sleepover with a friend who was diagnosed with brain cancer and needed surgery.
"I'm hoping that it will take their hurting away and make them happy having toys and stuff for them to play with while they are sick," Chole said.
In just eight weeks, Chole and her mom collected more than 200 toys, coloring books, video games, stuffed animals, and more.
"She's amazing," Tricia says.
Their fellow church members chipped in. So did friends and neighbors in Plant City.
"I wanted to help the community," Chole said.
When it gets closer to Christmas, they'll load them all up and take them to St. Joseph's Children's Hospital.
"It makes me feel happy, because the kids are having things to do why they are having treatment," Chole said.
"So that they can be kids again for just a little bit," Tricia says.
Creating a spark of joy for many from a little girl who found a way to honor a friend who is sick.
"One child can make a huge difference in the lives of a lot of people," Tricia says.
Proof that Santa comes in all sizes.
FOX 13 / WTVT-TV
Didn't find what you were looking for?