Gabby's Gifts 2018

‘Tis the season of caring, sharing, family, and fun. Unfortunately for many children this year Christmas will be another day during which they have to be in the hospital, away from their friends and family. In 2012, I realized that I was very blessed to have so much in my life and I wanted to give something back. I decided to try and make Christmas a little brighter for those children who, by no choice of their own, can’t be with  their family and friends at Christmas. In addition, many of these families have overwhelming piles of medical bills and cannot get the gifts their children dream of. Hence Gabby’s Gifts was born.

Every year I have collected money or gifts to donate to the University of Minnesota Masonic  Children’s hospital. Last year was a bit of a different situation, I had my own long hospital stay and became one of the very kids I’ve tried to help. My own hospital stay helped me to understand how they really feel and the types of gifts that are so meaningful. All of the money raised is used to purchase gifts for the children such as toys, slippers, pajamas, and other things that the kids have asked for.

In 2016, thanks to the generosity of the community, I was able to raise enough to buy over 200 gifts.  I know what a difference even the smallest gift can make for someone in the hospital and so hope to be able to do the same this year.

I want to thank you in advance for considering to donate and helping to make a child’s Christmas just a little brighter.


Gabrielle Sawczyn


Gabrielle Sawczyn 
Minneapolis, MN

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