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Angels in our Midst (Alyssa Cravatt)

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 01:43 PM CDT
The challenges we face in life can often times be used to help someone who is going down that same road.
One shining example of that is tonight's Angel in our Midst; a pint sized little girl with a very big heart.

Nine year old Alyssa Cravatt is making a visit to a place she knows all too well.  Alyssa was born prematurely at 25 weeks and spent the first three months of her life in Sacred Heart Children's Hospital.  In fact, this is where she's spent of good deal of her life since then.   She is severely asthmatic and is still frequently a patient here.

Glenn Hildreth, RRT, Nemours Clinic Pulmonologist;  "She was in the hospital at the end of 2012 three times.  So, yeah, she does have some complications of her own but she's got a big heart thinking about the other kids that are here."

It *is the other children who have brought her here today.  Several years ago, she started a personal mission.

Alyssa Cravatt, Little Angel with a big heart;  "To deliver the presents that I got from Walmart."

"For my birthday, I asked everybody to get gift cards for me and then I buy toys for the children here and then I bring them here."

Alyssa gets help from seven year old sister, Kayla in selecting just the right gift for each child.  They started out bringing gifts for children on the cancer unit but the support for her mission grown so much, Alyssa has enough presents for every child in Children's Hospital.

Glenn;  "Little thing.  We could all learn from it I think, from a nine year old.
It really touched me that she would do that with all she's been through."

You can tell from the look on her face that Alyssa gets great joy from being able to use her own experiences to bring a dose of sunshine to the other children.

Alyssa;  "I know how it feels to be in the hospital and I want to see them smile."
Angels in our Midst is brought to you by Sacred Heart Children's Hospital.
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