Grace Ann is at it again, giving back to sick children

By Chris Cooper -

Grace Ann Warren

It’s that time of year again! Grace Ann Warren is collecting items to take to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. This will be the fourth year for Grace Ann’s Christmas Wish, and she is even more excited than the last.

In 2012, Grace Ann came to her mother and told her that for one of her Christmas wishes that year, she wanted to collect toys for Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital instead of getting something for herself.

“She told us that she knows how it is to be in the hospital,” said her mom adding, “At Christmas time, she knows it is even more important for all of us to help, because families can’t be home and together for the holidays.”

“This is one way I can help make their Christmas a little better,” Grace Ann said.

After Grace Ann was born, doctors found that she had five holes in her heart. This resulted in her having open heart surgery at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in December 2006, when she was just three months old. She is now a happy and healthy girl with an enormous heart that is always thinking of others and wants to give back.

Grace Ann’s goal each year is to top the amount she collected the year before. Last year she had hoped to fill a semi-trailer full of stuff. While she fell a little short of that goal, children were still blessed by numerous donations. This year Grace Ann is hoping once again to fill that semi-trailer full of items for these kids and their families.

Grace Ann’s parents, Donnie and Alice, have contacted Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital and narrowed down the wish list to the items they are in the most need of. They ask for new items only, due to allergies and germs.

“We do accept monetary donations as well,” said Alice. “There is a PayPal account set up specifically for these funds. You can email at Grace Ann then takes the money and buys gifts for the kids.”

Grace Ann hopes, with the help of the community, to make her wish come true again this year.

Donations will be accepted through December 15, for delivery the next week. If there are any further questions or you would like to donate, please feel free to contact Alice Warren at 270-772-1864.

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By Chris Cooper

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