Taylor Parm is using this season of giving to make the holidays a little brighter for patients at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta's renal failure floor. As a patient there himself, he knows how hard it can be to spend precious family time in a medical facility.
The 11-year-old goes in for checkups every three months since his kidney transplant eight years ago at age 3. Sometimes he has to stay for extended periods of time.
"I've been in the hospital a lot, so I thought it would be cool to bring toys to the other kids," said Parm. "The hospital has done so much for me. It made me happy when someone brought me Shoots and Ladders one year. I wanted to make sure other kids could be happy like I was."
Parm had the idea to host a toy drive at Brookwood. When he started the collections in November, he set a goal to collect 40 toys. Before school let out on Friday, December 15, Parm was able to announce at the school assembly that he far-surpassed his initial goal. He will be donating 82 new toys and more than $140 on December 21 at his next checkup.
When he had the idea, he went straight to Principal Celeste Martin to make it happen. ""It was so touching so hear Taylor present his idea to me. Knowing the personal struggles Taylor has experienced firsthand and hearing his love for his doctors, nurses and especially the other patients there, made me totally want to support his desire to collect toys," said Dr. Martin. "Our school has enthusiastically helped Taylor exceed his goal. The generous, loving spirit Taylor brings to our school is one of a kind!"
Parm hopes that December 21 will be a special date to all the children for years to come. "It makes me really happy to know that the kids will always remember receiving the presents I bring them, especially being right around Christmastime," he said.