A 5 -year old girl from a east-central Saskatchewan town is paying it forward for other children receiving treatment during the holiday season.
Sophia Hvidson was diagnosed with leukemia in April of 2015. The girl from went into remission a month later, but during her time in hospital she received a pumpkin from a family who had recently lost their child.
That inspired Sophia to pay it forward, and last December, she donated a truckload of toys to the Ronald McDonald House as a result of a toy drive.
This year, she was able to collect 85-hundred coloured bandages for the Saskatoon Cancer Centre’s pediatric department so kids can choose which bandaid they want after a poke or prod.
Shanna Hvidson, Sophia’s mother, says for the kids at the Cancer Centre, it’s a “special priviledge to pick out their special bandaid to cover up their pokes”, rather than a generic beige-coloured bandaid.
Hvidson says “I can’t even describe how proud I am of what she does”.
She describes Sophia as a “happy go lucky girl” that wants to make kids smile wherever she goes.
When Sophia’s treatment is completed in June next year, Shanna says they won’t stop the yearly Christmas donations.
She says Sophia wants to collect donations for different charities each year.