7-year-old Oklahoma girl makes heartwarming, selfless birthday wish

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- One little girl's birthday wish is making a difference in the lives of other children.

Ryan Scroggin has a rare bone and joint disorder and knows what it's like to be in the hospital. That's why she wanted to share her birthday with kids in similar situations.

She was able to do that Saturday with the help of hundreds of people in the community.

The Jeeps came in an array of colors, all for the same purpose.

"We had I think close to 60 jeeps that rolled up to Children's, all of them bearing gifts for kids, which was incredible to see," a woman who works at the hospital said.

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Ryan sitting on top of gifts that were donated to patients at Children's

It was all to help honor the birthday wish of one 7-year-old girl.

"We are just excited to be able to take this project and be able to affect some patients upstairs who might need a little uplift right now," the woman said.

It all started because of a Facebook post about what Ryan wanted for her birthday.

"Her uncle was the one who posted it, saying Ryan is turning 7 and she wants people to give stuffed animals to the children hospital instead of getting gifts for herself, and it just exploded from there," one man who participated in the birthday celebration said.

From that point, donations and support started pouring in from those who were inspired by Ryan's wish.

" I know what its like to be a child with a birth defect, to always have the spotlight on you, and for this girl to want the spotlight off her on her birthday really hit home for me," the man said.

Saturday, Ryan celebrated her birthday by making other kids smile.

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Just some of the toys that were donated to Children's

"Its going to overflow out storage. We didn't haveenough carts to come down to get them upstairs. I would say in the 1000s of toys stuffed animals there," the hospital employee said.

Officials say toy donations are typically low this time of year. So Ryan's wish is a big help, and a reminder of what really matters.

"It's a selfless act from a 7-year-old that reminds us that we all should be selfless as giving as little Ryan," the man said.

Support for Ryan's birthday wish has come from all over, all the way from Texas to Michigan.

 

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