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by Heather Smith
Nov 23, 2013 | 32 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
As Lane Bryant celebrated his 9th birthday, he and his mother used the opportunity to help other children who are staying in a children's hospital.

During Lane's birthday party on Nov. 8, he and his family decided to go west of the Mississippi River this year to help children in the same situation.

Gifts brought to the birthday party are being donated to the Shriner's Children's Hospital in Shreveport, Louisiana, said Lane's mother, Jamie Bryant.

This year, Lane had a holiday birthday party full of fun.

"He had a Disney/Christmas birthday party where we had Santa Claus and elves. We had crafts and story time. We had movie time as well as a snack and drink bar, which is where Lane collected his gifts. Between 20 and 25 children were able to attend and they attended in their pajamas," explained Lane's mother.

Bryant is still collecting presents for the Shriner's Hospital.

"I will collect presents up until February and that is when we go back to the Shriner's. We collected around 30 presents at his birthday party and we are still collecting," said Bryant.

"I came up with the idea to donate the presents to the hospital. We are so blessed and people are so good to us, that we just want to give back," the grateful mother explained.

Those who attended the party were treated to a day of fun and excitement.

"The kids painted ornaments and wrote letters to Santa. They made hand prints and enjoyed movie time at 'Donald and Daisy's Drive-In'. We made cars that had the Disney characters on them where the children sat in the cars and watched a movie," said Bryant.

Lane and the other children really enjoyed the party, she said.

Lane donated to Shriner's in a different way than he did for Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis last year.

"Last year, we had to do an event. We had to set up at LeBonheur and the kids had to come to Lane. This time, when we go to the Shriner's, Lane will distribute the gifts himself," said Bryant. "He will go to the hospital part instead of the clinic and give the toys to the kids. People give a lot at Christmas time, but we wanted to do something after Christmas."

Bryant had a heart-felt reason for donating to the Shriner's Children's Hospital.

"We see other children who are less fortunate than Lane and they have always been so good to us, so we decided on the Shriner's. Lane loves the Shriner's and he loves going there. He loves his therapist there and his doctors," said Lane's mother.

Jamie explained her feelings about donating to the hospital and about Lane.

"It is better to give than to receive. Lane is such a blessing to people and he is such a joy. With them not even giving Lane a chance of living, and he is nine years old now, he has proven the doctors wrong," she said. "He is doing things the doctors said he would never do. Lane is the joy of our lives."

Lane's parents are James and Jamie Bryant and he goes to school at Kossuth.
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