By MIKE CHAIKEN
The shoppers at Stop and Shop in Southington and Walmart in Bristol surprised—in a good way—Kylie Watson.
Kylie, 6, is the reigning 2015 National American Miss Southern New England Princess. And the first grader at Plantsville Elementary School recently held a toy drive to benefit the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.
Kylie stood outside both Walmart and Stop and Shop, giving shoppers the opportunity to donate a toy for the children at CCMC or donate money so she could buy a toy for the children at CCMC.
When Kylie was done, she said she was surprised at how generous people were toward the children in the hospital. She said at Walmart—where people went and bought toys for her—her shopping cart was overflowing. At Stop and Shop, people donated more cash toward the cause.
In the end, Kylie said she collected hundreds of toys and more than $600 to buy yet more toys.
Cathy Watson, Kylie’s mother, said she and her daughter asked for a wish list of toys that the children wanted. And the cash they collected in Bristol and Southington went toward helping CCMC fulfill those wishes.
Kylie said the hospital was important to her because it had taken care of her brother and she liked what the hospital did for him. She said she felt the hospital does a good job.
This was the first time Kylie had tried a toy collection, said Cathy Watson. And both mother and daughter were taken aback by how much they collected.
“People are generous when you say it’s for the children’s hospital,” said Cathy Watson, who thanked the family, friends, and strangers who helped make the drive a success.
Cathy Watson said the plan was to bring the toys up to the hospital on Oct. 29.