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Local boy, 6, donates birthday gifts to hospital

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Gannon Pawloski is a normal six-year-old with an enormous heart.  On his birthday in June, instead of keeping all of his presents, he donated them to kids at Toledo Children's Hospital.

"I thought it would be nice and I didn't know if they had many toys," Gannon said.

Gannon brought in bags of brand new toys.

"Two [bags] were big, one was humongous and one was small," he said.

He told 13abc the idea was his moms.  She's fighting an aggressive form of breast cancer.  But Gannon agreed without hesitation.

"They've seen what she went through and people helped us at Christmas time and this was just like paying it forward and he didn't even know it," Debbie Farbrother, Gannon's grandmother said.

Thursday, his generosity was recognized with a certificate of appreciation and a hero pin.

"He's never been in the hospital but he thought about other children in the hospital," Kate Schwan, Child Life Clinical Coordinator, said.  "It was just very touching and heart felt."

Child Life is a program at Promedica Toledo Children's Hospital that helps kids cope with life in the hospital.  She says dozens will benefit from this donation.

"We have a treasure box room and every time a child goes through a painful or invasive procedure they receive a choice of a gift," Schwan said.

That gift encourages kids to play, which, in turn, helps in the recovery.

"If they have something that is giving them fear or anxiety, they're able to forget about it if they have a wonderful gift," she said.

At six years old, Gannon may not realize the impact of his actions, but is family couldn't be more proud of this little boy.

"A young child put a smile on a bunch of kids faces for doing that," Farbrother said.

Schwan says two other young kids also donated gifts in the month of June.  If you'd like to help call 419-291-7441 to get in touch with Child Life representatives.

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