Maine boy, 9, raises money to buy every child at hospital new slippers for Christmas
Thanks to a big-hearted youngster from Arundel, the kids at Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center will have “stuffed animals on their feet” this Christmas.
That’s how Hunter Barden, 9, describes the 103 pairs of slippers he bought with the $2,055 he raised this year to help young people who are being treated at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital in Portland. The slippers look like assorted feathered and furry friends: penguins, moose, cows, flamingos, dogs, crocodiles, you name it. Hunter and his parents, Craig and Tabetha, delivered the fancy footwear — five boxes, all stacked on a dolly — to the children’s hospital on Monday.
“I feel pretty good about it,” Hunter said.
Hunter and his parents bought the individually wrapped slippers online from a company that offered them a discount once they learned on whose feet those slippers would go, according to Tabetha.
This is the third Christmas in a row in which Hunter, a fourth-grader at the Mildred L. Day School, has donated gifts to the children at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital. Two years ago, he presented the hospital with $50 worth of teddy bears — he raised $25 for the cause, and his parents matched it. Last year, he bought $50 worth of toys for the hospitalized children.
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