9-year-old collecting toys to re-stock hospital's 'toy closet' - KMOV.com

9-year-old collecting toys to re-stock hospital's 'toy closet'

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A stack of toys that A.J. Wiedermann has collected (Credit: KMOV) A stack of toys that A.J. Wiedermann has collected (Credit: KMOV)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – After a hospital ran out of toys, a 9-year-old boy came up with an idea to re-stock it.

A.J. Wiedermann was born with congenital heart disease. He had open heart surgery at birth and again in May 2017.

“After his open heart surgery, he got sick about six weeks after and ultimately they ended up diagnosing him with an autoimmune disease that we didn’t know he had,” Lindsay Wiedermann, A.J.’s mom, said.

The disease he was diagnosed with attacked his kidneys.

“So, he is getting chemotherapy at Glennon as well as some treatments every week at the Costas Center,” said Lindsay.

The Costas Center in Cardinal Glennon Hospital, where A.J. is receiving treatment, offers kids the chance to pick a toy from the “toy closet.” A couple of times A.J. had his treatments but the center was running low on toys.

“That really gave me the idea to do this,” he said.

After talking about it, A.J. and his mother decided to collect toys to refill the closet. She printed a flyer, posted on Facebook and ‘A.J.’s Prize Drive’ was born. They started getting messages, gift cards and toys to help re-stock the closet.

“I’m really happy that all the children will have something to pick and to do something while they’re in treatment,” said A.J.

A.J. plans to take to the donations to the center in November.

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