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Boy Scout pays it forward, donates toys to Advocate Children`s Hospital

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Talk about paying it forward! More than 1,000 patients at a children's hospital in the suburbs are probably sleeping better because they have company. Each was given a stuffed animal from someone who knows what it's like to be in the hospital.

Alex Hurrell is a 13-year-old Boy Scout from Kildeer--a town located about 45 miles outside of Chicago. He's the reason so many pediatric patients at Advocate Children's Hospital in Park Ridge got teddy bears and stuffed animals on Thursday.

Last year, Alex went to the hospital to have his tonsils removed. He says he was scared and didn't know what was going to happen to him. That is, until a child life specialist walked into his hospital room and gave him a stuffed animal friend. Alex says seconds later, he relaxed and was ready for surgery.

Alex says he put together a toy drive, with the help of his Boy Scout troop in Long Grove, to help other little patients feel the same way. The goal was to raise 1,000 toys and he went just over that amount with 1,050.

Alex wasn't able to give the toys to the patients because of their condition, but he says just knowing kids who are sicker than him were able to smile makes him smile.

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