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Baldwin senior sets up donation program for Children's Hospital

Samson X Horne
| Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, 12:57 p.m.
Colin Harding
Colin Harding

Colin Harding's appendix burst when he was 13 years old, forcing him to spend the next three months in and out of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

Now a Baldwin High School senior and soon-to-be Eagle Scout, Harding decided to use his experience in the hospital to help the recovery experience for other kids. He donated $7,500 worth of entertainment and toys to the Pittsburgh hospital.

During his time in recovery, he noticed there wasn't much entertainment for teens — especially those interested in video games.

“I would get bored because there wasn't a state of normalcy,” Harding said.

In order to complete his requirements to become an Eagle Scout, the 17-year-old chose to create a donation program for Children's Hospital through donated toys, gift cards and cash.

Items donated include action figures, doll house furniture, gaming system consoles and handsets, a foosball table and an air hockey table.

Ken Rudek, manager of the Child Life Department at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, said Harding's donations will create a more comforting stay for patients by allowing them to participate in activities.

“We greatly appreciate his generosity, time and effort to give back to our hospital,” Rudek said.

Harding said he became overwhelmed one day on his way from purchasing games and systems for the project.

“I had a feeling of happiness when driving back because I knew I was helping others. That's what life's about,” he said.

His grandmother is happy to see the accomplishments he's made.

“He's on the best path possible,” Eileen Harding said.

Samson X Horne is a contributing writer to Trib Total Media.

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