BATON ROUGE, LA - Twin girls who are former patients at Baton Rouge General (BRG) raised $600 at their family garage sale and donated the proceeds back to the hospital where they received care.
Ellie and Emma, 6-year-old twins, played their part in the family garage sale, selling lemonade and brownies to add to the proceeds.
Baton Rouge General wrote about the girls' generous donation in a "feel-good moment" posted on the hospital's Facebook page.
Ellie and Emma's mom tells 9 News that the girls were in the hospital for several days because of a stomach bug when they were just 10-months old. Emma was back in the hospital for nearly a week in 2017 due to a stomach bug.
"That's whenever they came and did the art therapy, music therapy. Ellie was there too and go tto see what Emma was doing," said Leigh Charles, the twin's mom.
Charles said the care at BRG left a lasting impression with the girls, who are the ones who came up with the idea to raise money to give to the hospital.
"I'm a garage sale person. The girls are always with me when I go to garage sales. Ellie said, 'Mama, what if we do a garage sale and we can help sick kids in the hospital,'" Charles said.
The girls are donating $600 to the Arts in Medicine program at Baton Rouge General. The program provides a creative outlet for patients young and old to express themselves and explore their creative sides from painting and drawing to crafts and live music.
BRG says the girls wanted to make sure other children in the hospital had the opportunity to experience the Arts in Medicine program just like they did.
"My husband and I have always tried to teach them the importance of being kind and helping others but I think it's the other way around. Ellie and Emma are teaching us it doesn't matter your age or what you have. It's easy. You just give."
Ellie and Emma will finish kindergarten this week at Oak Grove Primary School in Prairieville.