Kobin's Birthday Wish: Sticker books for children in Texas hospitals
An Austin boy has a unique and selfless request this year for his 7th birthday. Instead of getting presents he wants to give them away to children in the hospital.
"I have puppy dogs and kitty cats," explains Kobin Contreras, as he points to donations of books and stickers set up at the kitchen table.
At six, he already knows what it is like to spend more than enough time at Dell Children's Medical Center.
Keeping stacks of books and stickers would be tempting for any child but not Kobin. He wants to give them all away.
"After I got home I had the idea of getting a whole real train full," said Kobin. "Since they made me happy I want to make them happy and distract kids from their pain."
Kobin knows what it is like to be in pain. Early on an ultrasound revealed Kobin had club feet. When he was born his feet were pointing inwards and upwards. In July, doctors at Dell Children's performed his fourth surgery.
"When he got out of the hospital we went on what he calls a hot date for lunch and he changed the subject and asked if he could give more stickers to the hospital next time," said Ashley Contreras, Kobin's mom. When he was in the hospital Kobin gave the nurses some of his leftover stickers and they told him they could use more.
After discussing the idea over lunch Kobin's mom got to work. She started a Facebook page and a gofundme site.
In just two weeks the Contreras have received 391 books, 53 activity books, 462 sheets of stickers and 30 boxes of band aids. Family time has turned into an opportunity to take inventory.
"She's counting everything. My brother is counting everything. My Dad is counting everything and I'm counting everything," said Kobin.
When he turns seven on October 22, he plans to deliver all he receives to Dell Children's and Dallas Children's Hospital. He's looking for new books, sticker sheets and boxes of fun band aids.
"The more the merrier. The more kids who can smile during a rough patch of their little lives is good," said Contreras.
Kobin is still learning to tie his shoes but he knows how to give. The six year old has a big heart and an even bigger birthday wish.
"I couldn't be more proud," said his mom.
Kobin has colored thank you notes ready to go out when more donations come in.
"I may have to make more cards," said Kobin.
Kobin may need another surgery in the future. His mom says it is still too early to tell.