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The Daisy Project aims to brighten lives of hospitalized kids

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A hospital stay can be a tough time, especially for children. They often get bored and restless.

But one pint-size, year-round Santa is making their stay a little more fun. Seven-year-old Chole Shinneman brought more than 500 toys to St. Joseph's Children Hospital for sick children.

"I call it the Daisy Project," Chole said.

Chole got the idea from a sleepover with a friend who was diagnosed with brain cancer and needed surgery.

"I'm hoping it will take their hurting away," Chole said.

In three months, Chole collected more than 500 stuffed animals, books, CDs, games and more.

"She has a huge heart. She's just really concerned about the kids here and about making sure that they are happy," said Chole's mother Tricia Shinneman.

The donation of toys helps to brighten the day for kids who need it.

"Kids just want to be kids. They want to play, they want to have fun, so this donation of toys allows them to do that, even when they are sick and having that hospital experience," Shannon Rivers of St. Joseph's Children Hospital said.

Fellow church members and friends helped to get Chloe's project up and running.

"Kids can do anything once they put their heart to it and got the support behind them of the community. They can do anything," Tricia says.

A community that helped a little girl dream of helping sick kids feel a little better.

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