Girls in Saint Francis Children's Hospital receive dolls from 6-year old

TULSA -- A 6-year-old Hugo girl waited tables and sold lemonade to raise money so she could buy dolls for girls at Saint Francis Children's Hospital.

Brinley Williams passed the dolls out Tuesday.

"I think it’s going to keep them not scared from the hospital stays and when they get their medicine," Williams said. "It’s just not going to be so scary for them."

Hospital stays are something Williams is very familiar with. She was diagnosed with kidney problems before she was ever born. She has had four surgeries already.

During one of her stays at Saint Francis, Elizabeth Demarco, a child life specialist, promised her an American Girl Doll if she learned to swallow a pill. After three days of practicing, she got it and she got her doll. She takes it everywhere with her.

The enthusiastic 6-year-old wanted other patients to feel that same joy.

"She said I hope the doll makes you happy," Nevaeh, a 10-year-old patient, said Williams told her when she was given the doll.

When asked if it made her happy, Nevaeh, who was wearing a surgical mask, nodded her head yes.

"She’ll bring me company," Nevaeh said.

One by one, Williams passed out the dolls on the third floor of St. Francis Children's Hospital. Girls who are out-patient showed up to get theirs. Girls who are currently in the hospital made their way down.

Monday night Williams and her parents prayed over the dolls.

"We said I hope these dolls bless the other kids," Williams said.

The girls ripped over the packing. They could not wait to get their hands on the dolls that were picked especially for them. Williams and her parents got a list of girls names and their physical characteristics, so they could match the dolls with the girls.

"I heard one girl say it’s her new best friend," Demarco said.

St. Francis expects to see these dolls tucked in the hospital bed with the girls and riding around in their wheelchairs.

"I have one girl before she gets her port access she likes to practice on her American Girl Doll," Demarco said. "I have one who takes it up to x-rays.

Although Brinley did not know any of the girls before she handed over their dolls, the ones who did know the impact it will have.

"I know Brinley just met them giving them an American Girl Doll, but I know different things they’ve struggled with or gone through."

A big heart for such a small girl.

"Just knowing that they had a smile on their faces was happy for my heart," Williams said with a wide smile.

Williams is continuing to collect money so she can brighten more girls day with American Girl Dolls.

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