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8-year-old girl in Sauk City donates birthday presents to kids at local hospital

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SAUK CITY (WKOW)-- When you're a kid, your birthday is something that's on your mind for weeks, from the flavor of birthday cake, to the presents you're going to get.

None of that was on the mind of 8-year-old Stella Osiedacz, who instead was thinking about all the children who are being treated at Sauk Prairie Hospital.

"I thought it would be great to help the kids in my community," Stella says.

Weeks before her October 24th birthday, Stella approached her parents about donating her presents to children at the Sauk Prairie Hospital Emergency Department.

"She invited people to come to a birthday party and there was a donation table where people could place presents," Stella's mom Heather Haas explains.

The family also created a Wish List on Amazon so that friends and family members outside of town could send presents as well. In the end, Stella was able to collect nearly 100 presents.

"Stella is a very generous girl. She spends a lot of time in Girl Scouts and we learn a lot about courage, confidence and character, and also about being involved in your community," Haas says.

Thursday afternoon Stella and her family stopped by the hospital to drop off their presents. The staff was blown away by her simple act of kindness. They immediately picked them up and carried the presents into the emergency department.

"I wanted to do it because my brother has had surgery before and I wanted to help the kids in the hospital," Stella explains.

Stella's parents are hoping her story will inspire others to do similar acts of kindness in their own communities. They say it was amazing to see the outpouring of support after they posted their idea online.

"I think what we learned from this is that if you just take the lead, other people are going to help out," Haas says. "People want to help and be involved in their community. They're just looking for somebody to take the lead and show them how to do it."

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