Lurie Children's Nurse Brings Holiday Cheer To PICU Patients

Pediatric Intensive Care nurse Molly Moore
Photo credit WBBM Newsradio/Lisa Fielding

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Pediatric Intensive Care nurse Molly Moore spent Thursday morning with some of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital's sickest patients.

Moore: "Hi Jaden, do you want some Grinch sheets? What about some pants or pajamas?"

Moore spent the day bringing pajamas and blankets to the PICU patients and their families. She began collecting the clothes and gifts three years ago.

"Working here around the holidays in the ICU, it's a time for families who need a little pick me up, especially when they know they won't be home for the holidays," she said. "I thought why not bring a little holiday cheer to these families."

A social media post on her Facebook page started the donation drive. Initially a few dozen donations came in.

"He was born with Biliary Atresia. It's a really rare congenital birth defect. Shortly after birth, his liver just started to fail," she said.

She and her family have been in and out of the hospital since September.

Krystal Hawkin's 7-month-old daughter Malaysia will spend her first Christmas in the hospital.

This year, Moore collected 378 pajamas and 210 blankets, $960 of GoFundMe donations. 

"Some of the donations have come from people I don't even know and as far away from Florida and Alabama," she said.

"He's asking Santa for a liver."