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Local 9-year-old spreads holiday cheer

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A local 9-year-old is spreading some Christmas cheer this year, donating toys to children who have to spend the holidays at St. Mary's Hospital.

Emily Ross asked for gift cards to Target for her birthday. She received $240 worth of gift cards, which she used to buy presents like a toy doctor's kit, soccer ball and more for patients in the pediatrics unit.

Emily says she remembers getting a present to make her happier when she went to St. Mary's for an MRI and she wanted to give other children a reason to smile.

Santa's little elf gave the gifts Monday at St. Mary's.

"You wouldn't really be happy to be in the hospital around Christmas because they don't really get a Christmas tree or all the Santa things," said Emily. "It makes me feel good 'cause then I know that other kids are happy, too."

"She's very giving. She's always saving her money to buy these Christmas presents," said Emily's mother, Heidi Ross.

St. Mary's pediatric unit has mostly newborn babies right now, but all the gifts that don't go home with patients will stay at St. Mary's for all the kids to play with.

The Ross family makes it an annual tradition to have their children give their birthday gifts and money to children less fortunate than themselves.

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