KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A special visit to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital put a smile on a lot of kids faces Friday.
More than 75 stuffed animals were distributed to patients.
They were collected and given out by the family of a young woman who was murdered. They lost Brittany Eldridge and Eldridge’s unborn son, who would’ve been named Zeke back in 2011.
Brittany’s mother Robin Owens says for her, this is Christmas time therapy.
Giving a child a stuffed animal and putting a smile on his or her face eases some of the pain that she’s feeling.
“Our Christmas will never be the same and I don’t think it’ll ever be the same. It is just a sad time of the year for us. And that’s why you try and bring happiness to someone else,” Owens said.
“For this family to take a tragedy and make so many happy things happen and pass out stuffed animals. It’s just a nice thing to do,” said Cheryl Allmon, Director of Volunteer Services with East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.
Robin believes her daughter and grandson are with her, happy to see the way she’s giving back.
“I think Brittany would be very proud. I think she would be very happy with what we’re doing,” Owens said.
If you’d like to follow Robin’s example, they are accepting gift donations at the hospital. You can bring in new, unwrapped Christmas presents for the kids Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.