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Balloons, cards from 7-year-old brighten hospital patients' day

Ken Gordon, The Columbus Dispatch on

Published in Health & Fitness

The idea started last winter. George wanted to do a lemonade stand.

"And then I thought it would be a good idea if I used the money to buy balloons for the patients," he said.

Asked why, he said it was because his dad was a doctor, and George and his younger brother Theodore, 4, always ask Dad about his day when he comes home at night.

"I like to know what surgeries he did, and he usually almost always says gall bladders," George said.

The family had a lemonade stand on two afternoons in August, and George said he raised $124.

Lena helped George create his card, printing out photos of his note and painting. They went to Dollar Tree and bought the first 20 balloons several weeks ago, and then the second batch of 20 on Monday.


Because of COVID-19 protocols, George can't deliver them to patients himself, so he, Lena and Theodore bring them to the hospital lobby and Aaron takes it from there.

George, a home-schooled first-grader who turned 7 last Sunday, said he has money to buy about 70 more balloons, and he is thinking about having an apple-cider stand this fall.

Asked what he planned to do with the cider-stand money, he gave his questioner a funny look and answered emphatically: "The same thing. Every single time."



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