Christmas Comes Early for Nebraska Med Center Pediatric Ward

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Christmas Comes Early for Nebraska Med Center Pediatric Ward

By Lindsey Theis. CREATED Dec 11, 2013

Omaha, NE- Makenna Blanton is like any other five year old. He mom says she's silly, smart, caring, and creative. Makenna should be in her kindergarten class in North Platte today. Instead, she's hopping around with an IV in her foot and wearing hospital bracelets.

She has post streptococcal osteomyelitis, her mom Christina tells us.

Back in early August, Mekenna had a bad case of strep throat. She got better, but then three weeks later it came back. Then it spread into her tonsils, then her blood stream. The infection was so bad it spread to her right femur bone. To avoid surgery, they came to the Nebraska Medical Center for six weeks of treatment.

That was going to mean Makenna would miss her two favorite things about Christmas, opening gifts, and seeing Santa.

Enter Toys for Tots. The Nebraska Medical Center received gifts Wednesday thanks to the U.S. Marine's Toys for Tots program. Children who were battling serious disease or injury, like Makenna, still were able to feel the warmth and generosity of others during the holiday season. Patients peaked out the hospital windows, anticipating Santa's arrival Wednesday as he marched through the Healing Gardens at the hospital.

"Open the door!" one child shouted!

Santa and the Marines handed out toys and took photos with the children. Patients who couldn't leave their hospital rooms got a bedside visit from Santa and the Marines.

"All that hard work seeing the result-that smile on the kids face is what it was all about," Gunnery Sgt. Jack Crews with Toys for Tots said.

We're teaming up with Fat Brain Toys, for the Action 3 News Toy Drive for the Salvation Army.

Simply drop off a new unwrapped toy at our Action 3 News studios (10714 Mockingbrid Drive), or if you're in the Village Pointe area, drop off your donation at Fat Brain Toys (16909 Burke Street).

Your donation will help put smiles on kids faces this holiday season.