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Kevin, 11, plays Santa to sick Swedish kids

Kevin, 11, plays Santa to sick Swedish kids

Published: 22 Dec 2011 11:05 GMT+01:00
Updated: 22 Dec 2011 11:05 GMT+01:00

Kevin Hansson, an 11-year-old Swedish boy who once suffered from a rare stomach condition, spent all autumn saving up his pocket money to buy toys for sick children at a hospital in northern Sweden.

It's been four years since Kevin, who lives in the village of Färila outside Hudiksvall in northern Sweden, stayed at the Hudiksvall Hospital.

But he still remembers the long days spent there.

"There weren't many toys to play with there," Hansson told The Local.

Hansson was born with an unusual genetic defect that makes it difficult for his stomach to digest food on its own.

As a result, frequent and sometimes lengthy hospital stays were a common occurrence for him during his early childhood.

The not altogether happy memories remain with Hansson, who earlier this year used them as inspiration to help others.

This past summer, Hansson started thinking of the sick children at the hospital now, and wanted to do something special to make their time there more fun.

"I wanted to make sure that the kids staying there had something to play with," he said.

In the months since, he's been saving up all his pocket money, and recycling cans and bottles to collect extra cash.

Krona by krona, his piggy bank slowly filled up.

Now Kevin has broken it open and used the money to buy Christmas gifts for the sick children at the hospital.

"It took time to save all that money, but now it feels good to have done something good," he said.

Kevin managed to save up almost 800 kronor ($116).

Yesterday, he and his mother Marie went to Hudiksvall's Hospital and dropped off his gifts.

Together they unpacked all manner of toys: dolls, DVDs, tractors, Barbies, crayons, and a doll's bed.

"I met some kids at the hospital yesterday, and they seemed to think the toys were fun," said Kevin, who hopes that others will follow his example.

Clara Guibourg (clarabara@hotmail.com)

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Your comments about this article

13:53 December 22, 2011 by NataBee
Bless his heart! I hope as he grows up, his purity will not be polluted by this corrupted and selfish world we're living in.
16:21 December 22, 2011 by Horace
+1 to the above comment
20:43 December 22, 2011 by dizzymoe33
That is very nice of the boy to do this for the children.
09:34 December 23, 2011 by Da Goat
Yes this youngster has set an excellent example, top marks for him and none for the rest of you!
10:39 December 23, 2011 by Puffin
What a lovely thing to do
16:51 December 23, 2011 by tadchem
Compare this with the headline elsewhere in the Local: 'It often feels like Christmas in Sweden is only about presents'.

This wonderful 11-year old boy has a valuable lesson for us:

Christmas is what we make of it. If you want it to be better, make it better.
00:53 December 25, 2011 by SuperTulle
Hats off for this kid, he's done more good than most of us.

Lets hope that he gets some help next year, and that his initiative grows and blossoms!
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