Five-year-old Jillian Massey sure knows how to make an entrance, and also a difference.
Massey's dream was born last year, with a goal to collect 50 to 100 toys for children on CHOP's oncology floor. She exceeded that goal by thousands. This Christmas, she says her goal is to collect 10,000 toys.
Her brother's classmates at Southern Lehigh Middle School raised $15,000 for a shopping spree at the Quakertown Target and the top fundraisers got to help her pick them out.
They filled cart after cart, clogged up the checkout line and stuffed a U-Haul.
The 2nd Annual Sassy Massey Toy Drive will also deliver gifts to three other hospitals, but CHOP is first on the list.
"CHOP is special, truly beyond a place of hope, like Jillian said a place of happiness," said mom Janelle Massey.
Massey's also using Amazon to collect, and the online drive already has 6,000 toys.
Jillian will tell you she goes to CHOP to play as she found a lot of joy there, which is perhaps unexpected because it's where she was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.
"I truly believe your journey is what you make of it. If you can spread a little kindness on the way, it'll make it better," Janelle Massey said.
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