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OC kid donates birthday gifts to pediatric cancer patients

May 26, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
All kids love getting presents on their birthday. One local kid loves giving them away.

After turning 7 years old Wednesday, Jet Charter loaded up his gifts in the family station wagon and headed to St. Joseph's Hospital in Orange.

With the help of some of his friends, they unloaded the car and loaded up the hospital's toy chest. These toys will put smiles on the faces of pediatric cancer patients at the hospital.

And this was all Jet's idea. He did it last year and told friends he wanted to do it again this year.

"There is a lot of people out there that are sick," said Jet Charter. "That don't have any homes or have any toys in the hospital. I just wanted to."

"There are a lot of kids that often are very scared," said Dr. Afshin Forouzannia from St. Joseph's Hospital. "They think that they are alone in this whole process. And I think when they see other kids are thinking about them, and they are so generous, I think it really brightens their day and makes a difference."

Jet's parents helped their son research who to give the gifts to.

"He donated his presents last year," said father Ron Charter. "He looked forward to it this year. And he mentioned it throughout the year of how great it was last year. So we decided to do it again."

Cancer patient Michael Reyes, 6, gave Jet a gift and thanked him for what he's done for the hospital's younger patients.

Jet did keep some of his birthday gifts, including a remote control car. He and his parents want this to be an annual event.

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