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Hayden and Paige Quealy of Dracut deliver toys they collected for kids at Boston Children’s Hospital.
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Hayden Quealy, 9, and her sister, Paige, 7, recently held a toy drive for children staying at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Hayden hat the idea to help children in need, and she created her own flier so she could promote her project, “Hayden’s Furry Friends,” at her school, Greenmont Elementary. With the approval of Principal Nicholas Botelho, she distributed the flier to both third-grade classes.

Many of her friends brought in stuffed animals and other toys to donate. In addition, several family members donated either toys for the drive and/or money so she could buy more toys.

Hayden and Paige even took money out of their own bank accounts to buy more toys to donate, purchasing stuffed animals, games and dolls to try to make a stay at the hospital just a little more bearable for children and their families.

The family recently dropped off the donations at Boston Children’s Hospital, where they were greeted by a member of the Child Life staff and a mom who was at the hospital and who congratulated Hayden for doing such a special thing for the kids.