CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago man who was hospitalized as a five-year-old with leukemia has been collecting toys for kids in the emergency department of Swedish Covenant Health.

Darin Ortmann hastily organized a toy drive five years ago and collected 101 toys. But the collection has grown with the help of the twin 8-year-old boys to whom he serves as a nanny.

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Ortmann is manager at a local pub called Loafers. This year he collected 777 toys with the help of customers, neighbors and friends.
He says he remembers how difficult it was for him as a little boy to be hospitalized.

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Kim Leslie is clinical director of Swedish Covenant’s emergency department. She says the delivery of toys to children hospitalized during the holiday season gives them a tremendous boost.

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