Instead of Birthday Presents, Four-Year-Old Asks For Donations
By Forrest Saunders, Reporter
IOWA CITY, Iowa - A little eastern Iowa girl didn’t want a pony for her birthday. She wanted to make a difference by giving to a charity.
Kayli Rose is your typical little girl. She loves the jungle gym, is very inquisitive and you wouldn't know it by looking at her, but Kayli was born about 10 weeks premature. She weighed only two pounds, six ounces and was barely bigger than a bottle of soda.
"She went through a few things here and there, a few battles… But it's just amazing what the hospital can do," said Kayli's aunt, Janelle Rose Barns.
While Kayli was treated at an Iowa City Hospital, her birth mother was able to be close by, staying at the local Ronald McDonald House. Kayli's adoptive parents said it was a huge help for the family.
"I thought it was wonderful… That they were able to give a room and actually, they made several meals for us because we were here constantly," said Mother Sharon Rose.
Four years later, Sharon, wanted to give back. She asked Kayli if she would give up her birthday presents this year and collect money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. Kayli had no objection.
"Ronald McDonald is important," said Kayli.
At Kayli's party, her friends and family helped raise $175 which she handed over to Ronald McDonald staff, Wednesday afternoon. That’s enough to give 11 families one free night of stay at the Ronald McDonald House.
"For her to say, ‘hey, you know what? I want my toys to go there.’ Or, ‘I want my money to go there instead.’ That speaks volumes about the character of that little four-year-old," RMHC of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois Executive Director Kristin Roberts said.
Kayli looks like she'll take her compassion for others with her as she grows up. She says she wants to "get people to the hospital" by becoming a doctor.
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