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Kids get in the giving spirit on Thanksgiving and every month of the year

Posted at 9:00 AM, Nov 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-24 18:25:46-05

The hospital can be a scary place for a kid. Just ask 9-year-old Addi Whisner.

"I had an asthma attack and couldn't breathe," said Addi.

That asthma attack sent her to the hospital. While much of the visit is a blur, what she remembers most is an act of kindness that was waiting for her on the bed.

"There was a blanket on my bed and I was crying and I was sad and I didn't like it at all, but once I saw the blanket, I stopped, and my eyes were wide open," said Addi.

That's why dozens of kids, like Tyler Smith, are making around 300 blankets to provide warmth and comfort to sick kids at Children's Mercy Hospital.

"It just makes them so happy," said Tyler. "They're sick probably and they go into their room and they find the blanket on their bed and it would make them really happy."

Tyler's mom Courtney, and Addi's mom Stephanie started the family volunteer organization that meets once a month to do a large-scale service project.

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"Giving stuff makes me feel just as good as getting stuff," said Tyler.

While parents like Courtney and Stephanie participate in KindCraft as a way of giving back to the community, perhaps the greatest impact these parents have had is on their own children, who have learned about caring for others by watching their own mothers and fathers.

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Terra Hall can be reached at terra.hall@kshb.com.

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