A 6-year-old has a very special request for her birthday this year. Rather than receiving gifts this year she's asking her friends to donate stuffed animals that then will be given to sick kiddos at OU Medical Center.
Ryan Scroggin knows the power of a stuffed animal.
“It was like she wasn't scared all [of a] sudden because she got a stuffed animal,” said Keke Dunn, Ryan’s mother.
Since birth, Ryan has been in and out of the hospital undergoing numerous surgeries. Ryan was born with a rare bone and joint disorder called arthrogryposis.
“She is missing joints at place[s] where she is supposed to have them, like her knees do not bend,” said Dunn.
But despite these challenges, this little girl has one big birthday wish.
“I want to go to children's hospital and donate stuffed animals,” said Ryan.
An idea Ryan and her sister came up with during one of her stays at the hospital.
At her grandmother's shop in Norman she's set out a box for people to drop stuffed animals and a monkey jar to collect money. But it was this letter posted on the front door that's now spread across social media and has donations coming in from across the country.
“I would like to have as many people donate like new stuffed animals to the OU Children's Hospital,” said Ryan.
“She shocks me every single day with how gracious she is and having her own things she is going through and she doesn't let it stop her,” her mother said.
On Saturday, Ryan and her family will take the donations to the hospital and hopefully will be able to hand deliver the stuffed animals to the kids.
Donations will be accepted through Friday at Donate A Miracle in Norman if you would like to help.