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Pay It Forward: Helping Hands

DAYTON -- Sometimes in life we all need a helping hand. Leslie Cayot started an organization called Helping Hands back in 2007 after her youngest son, just 30 days old at the time, was sick with RSV. They had to spend that night in the ICU and were not prepared.
 
"About a year after that experience, we decided to try and help families in that situation by giving them some items to help them stay with their child, rather than worrying about having a toothbrush, toothpaste or a pack of tissues. If I didn't have anything in my wallet, the kits intention was to help families out in that first 12 hours," says Cayot.
 
In their first year, they donated 300 care kits to Dayton Children's Hospital. Now they have extended to also supplying kits to Miami Valley Hospital and the Kettering Medical Center.
 
"The community has really stepped up to help us.  We've raised enough money to donate 6,800 care kits over the last 7 years, so helping those families to help their little one," Cayot says.
 
The care kit is composed of a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, pen and paper for notes, tissues, a 5-dollar gift card to get you by for that first night and even a get well card.
 
"There are no amount of thank yous for the help of your child and this is one way that we as a group and an organization can do that," says Leslie compassionately.

 
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