Community Matters: Toys for Arkansas Children's Hospital

LITTLE ROCK, AR -- At Arkansas Children's Hospital, some of the state's sickest kids get treatment.

Being away from home for long periods of time can be hard on youngsters.  A North Little Rock man decided he wanted to help who after his son spent time at the hospital last year.

Out in front of the hospital Tuesday, Jeff Clark and his son Jaden unloaded a car full of toys.  They are gifts for kids at the hospital receiving treatment.

"Jaden spent some time at children's hospital about a year ago for about ten days," said Clark.

During that time, Clark said he was blown away by the care doctors provided.

"Jaden was a number one priority, and you know, there's a lot of other kids that are battling these major diseases," explained Clark.

Kids like Hannah Grace Crumbly who in 2009 passed away from leukemia at age four, who's father is Clark's close friend.

"She was in this facility for three and a half months and they never got to leave," said Clark.

After his own experience at the hospital, Clark wanted to give back.

"I was going do it on my own," he explains.  "I just put a message on Facebook that if anyone was interested, you know, I was going to buy some toys."

That's when $5,000 in donations came pouring in.  Hospital officials say the toys Clark bought with all that money will be put to good use.

"What we do is strive to normalize the environment for a child," said Robin Reynolds, Director of Volunteer Services.

Clark says he delivered the toys in honor of little Hannah, with a purpose to show appreciation to the hospital that cares for kids.

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