ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- With the holidays behind us, kids at Mayo Clinic Children's Center are still getting gifts.
They're a surprise called "Cheeriodicals" and are the result of a collaboration involving Merchant Bank, Mayo Clinic’s Child Life, and representatives of Cheeriodicals.
The hope is to provide a positive distraction for the children during tough moments and long waiting times.
"About nine years ago we had this crazy idea of sending a gift box to cheer someone up in the hospital specifically hospital patients," said Cheeriodicals President Gary Parisher. "Gift boxes for kids had items that were perfect for a child to distract them in the room with a positive thing to take up their time."
Brynn Skala's younger brother Easten received one of the gift boxes Tuesday. He's currently getting chemotherapy, and road trips to the MedCity are nothing new.
"It feels amazing to have another box of toys to open up and see," Brynn Skala said looking at the gifts. "I could use this in the car to play with since we always drive to Rochester from Westby, Wisconsin."
Brynn's mother, Crystal Skala was also able to be there and picked up Easten's box for him as he was not feeling well enough to come himself. "Probably smiling a lot, yeah he'll be excited. Any little thing new and different, I think is exciting for him," Crystal said.
As the children in attendance played with their new toys, the adults involved also took something away from the experience.
"It's amazing to know that we're involved in something that brings so many smiles to all these children just for a moment," Molly Brink, Merchant Bank employee said. "I mean this is really special and cool. I mean these little things will brighten kids days a lot will bring smiles to their faces," Crystal Skala added.