OSF, SwedishAmerican collect thousands of holiday gifts for foster children

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- With the season of giving in full swing, several organizations have stepped up to help out hundreds of children over the holidays.

OSF Healthcare has collected more than 2,500 gifts in its 26th annual 'Adopt-an-Angel' drive. Organizers picked up gifts from nearly 50 local businesses and organizations Wednesday afternoon.

The gifts will help out nearly 300 foster children in Winnebago and Boone Counties.

Patty York, a coordinator for the Foster Care Alliance program, says the 'Adopt-an-Angel' makes a huge difference for children in need.

"It's always been a passion of ours to do this," York said. "We want to do this to help make their holidays a little more merrier."

SwedishAmerican Hospital also hosted its annual 'Adopt-an-Angel' drive for the holidays to help foster children.

Some donors have more of a personal connection to give back to others. Kim McKee and her family have helped while her son has battled Type 1 diabetes.

"Both of my kids look at this as a way to pay it forward," McKee said. "It was our way to give to somebody who doesn't have what we have for the holidays."

McKee says the drive was important for her family to pay it forward for children without family support over the holidays.