LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Dozens of parents shopped today at 'Operation Snow Pile,' a free toy store for parents with kids at the Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida.
Throughout the year, community members donated hundreds of toys to the hospital.
Over the past few days, more than 70 parents went on a free shopping spree for their kids in the hospital, and their siblings.
It was more than Yezelyn Santiago could have imagined. "Really good gifts, ones I don't have to spend money on," the mother of four says.
Her 4 year-old daughter Glori spent the past two months in the hospital. "She is a very strong girl. She's very smart and very happy. She can make anyone smile on their worst day," she says. But Glori will spend Christmas in the hospital, and the family was worried about how it would provide Christmas gifts for all four kids. "It's been very hard on us this Christmas, money-wise, but God has everything under control. It's been a blessing. A big blessing," she says.
Child Advocacy Director Michele King says, "most of them wouldn't be able to leave the hospital to shop and the fact taht these are all donated from our community makes it even more special for our families."
Santiago says she's thankful to the hospital staff, and for all the people who donated toys to the hospital. "For somebody who has their own family, to be able to think about others, it's really good. It's a blessing."
Local Girl Scouts also volunteered to wrap the gifts for the families.