Gifts stir up kids' laughs

SICK youngsters at Mount Druitt Hospital were cheered up when Stir Crazy Noodle restaurant staff from Erskine Park surprised them with early Christmas presents.

Wiggle Friends, Marvel Superman, My Little Pony, Transformers, Trash Packs, Shoulder Buddies, Build a Gyroscope or Robot and Cosmetics Purse were among the gifts given to the children.

"Being in hospital at any time is tough for kids, but being in hospital over Christmas is even harder," children's ward nursing unit manager Mildred Villason said.

"These presents bring smiles and laughter to all of our young patients which in turn helps their family members during this difficult period."

The restaurant has donated Christmas gifts to the children's ward for the past three years.

"Their thoughtfulness and generosity certainly bring happiness to many children in hospital over Christmas," Ms Villason said.

Restaurant manager Deborah Smolen said: "We are delighted to help the sick children and give something back to the community. It is really difficult to imagine what it would be like to be sick or in a bed and not being able to go to the Christmas tree on Christmas morning to open presents.

"We want to give something to the children that hopefully takes their mind off their treatment for a while and makes them feel special."

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