A 12-year-old Kokomo girl is forgoing her own Christmas list to help children who'll be spending the holiday in the hospital.
In August, Courtland Cottle learned that the baby of a family friend had been diagnosed with stage three liver cancer.
Visiting him at Riley Hospital for Children inspired the sixth-grader to put her own Christmas wishes on hold.
"I told my mom that I didn't want to have a Christmas and that I wanted other kids to have a Christmas," Courtland told RTV6's Tanya Spencer
. "I wanted to put a smile on their face. Jesus said that when you give that you'll be blessed, and it's better to give than to receive."
Courtland collected toys for boys and girls, from babies to teens.
Her goal was to fill one large box, but she ended up with tables full of toys for what she calls the Courty Cares Christmas Toy Drive.
"It didn't surprise me," said Courtland's mom, Danelle. "That's just her. She's very giving."
Courtland will get to pass out some of the toys personally. Riley staff will distribute the rest.
For Courtland, she said seeing those smiles will be better than any gift that comes in a box.
"I already have everything I need," she said.
This will be the third Christmas that Courtland has given up her presents. The past two years, she found local families to help out during the holiday.
Courtland said she hopes to double the number of toys she collects next year. She also plans to hold a "Christmas in July" toy drive so Riley kids don't have to wait a whole year to get more presents to cheer them up.
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