IN the season of giving, a Clarkson girl has made about 60 stockings for children who will spend Christmas in hospital and their siblings.
In October, Aroha White decided she would pour her energy into making stockings for children on ward 3B with her at Princess Margaret Hospital.
Her mother Emma said Aroha’s isolation during her leukaemia treatment had affected her spirits so the family focused on projects to cheer her and others up.
“She chose to do stockings – that was exactly a year after she was diagnosed,” she said.
“She has learnt to sew on the sewing machine.”
Mrs White said her daughter had developed diabetes through treatment and would be in theatre three days before Christmas for a lumbar puncture.
Even though there are bad days, she said Aroha “makes the most of every moment”.
“The worst day of the year to be in hospital would be Christmas, or your birthday,” she said.
Mrs White said they set up a GoFundMe page to collect donations for stocking fillers and would also fill a hamper for a family whose two-year-old child recently died.
She said Aroha was also making clay angels for families she met on the ward last year whose children had since died.
The ward has children aged up to 17 years old and the family want to buy pencils, Lego, iTunes cards, Playdoh, mini board games, toy cars, pens, dolls, stickers, bubbles, baby toys and colouring in books.
Donate at www.gofundme.com/santastockingsbyaroha.
Donations can also be dropped off at Kids Cancer Support Group, 5 Kimberley Street, West Leederville.