I love hearing stories about people who do special things for children with long term illnesses. Celebrities have the power to do so much good, it’s nice to see them use it. People is reporting that:
Adam Sandler may be known for his childish movie characters, but this Christmas he played a more mature role: a gift-giving Santa to a brother and sister who are fighting cancer in his home state of New Hampshire.
Sandler, 40, had a PlayStation 3 loaded with games as well as autographed DVDs, jerseys and a Longest Yard poster delivered to 15-year-old Stephanie and 18-year-old Kevin Hudon of Manchester, N.H., the Associated Press reports.
Stephanie, who is scheduled for surgery Jan. 8, has bone cancer that recently spread to her lungs. In November, Kevin was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and is being given chemotherapy.
Christine Monahan, a teacher at Manchester Memorial High School who is helping raise funds for the Hudon family, said the gifts from Sandler arrived last week.
Sandler’s tradition of giving back dates back to his childhood in New Hampshire, where as a 7-year-old he sang “The Candy Man” for Manchester nursing home patients, PEOPLE reported in a 1998 profile.
More people should take Adam’s lead and donate their time and resources to children who are in the hospital.