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Teen Donates Gifts For Sick Children

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An Ontario County teen is helping patients at Golisano Children's Hospital have a Merry Christmas.

She purchased gifts for sick kids who won't be able to celebrate at home with their families.

The idea to donate gifts to hospitalized kids came about last year with just a few presents. But this year, it really took off.

Children battling a variety of illnesses will feel much better this Christmas because of Corin Delonge. The 17-year old went on a shopping spree to bring a smile to the faces of kids spending the holiday at Golisano Children's Hospital.

"My cousin went to Strong Memorial Hospital and she passed away a year ago and I wanted to do in honor of her."

Corin says when her parents asked what she wanted for Christmas this year, Corin told them she'd rather use the money and spend it on hospitalized children.

"All those kids are in the hospital and they might not get as many gifts and might not even get gifts. I just thought it would be a good thing to do for them."

Corin had more than 120 gifts for the kids. Some were donated by members of her karate school, others came from people who saw Corin's posting on Facebook. The rest she purchased herself.

"I just went out and got stuffed animals, coloring books, anything that I thought they would want. I also got crafts and toy cars and action figures."

For Corin, this is her way of playing Santa Claus. She said excitement began to build as friends and family helped pack up a van to deliver the gifts.

"I don't get to see the kids faces but it's exciting to think that they're going to get all this stuff tomorrow for Christmas so I'm excited."

Besides purchasing Christmas gifts for sick children, Corin spends much of her free time caring for her mother who has ALS. Corin's been doing that since she was ten.

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