A Kid With Cerebral Palsy Who’s Got The Spirit of the Season

Jenna Martin, 12, knows what it’s like to be a kid in a hospital. Born at 24 weeks old weighing 1.7 pounds, she was eventually diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Jenna learned to walk with the help of staffers at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas through therapy, braces, injections and surgery. As she writes, “When I was in the hospital I looked forward to the day when the cart came around. On the cart were toys, books and kid stuff they gave to you when you were in the hospital and waiting to be seen by the doctor in the clinics. These gifts took my mind off the pain.”

This year, before she turned 12, her dad asked what she wanted as a birthday gift. Jenna decided she already had enough in her life and that any gifts she received she wanted to give to the kids at the hospital. And that’s when JJ&B’s Gifted Gifts Foundation Inc. was born. The non-profit’s motto: “We ‘gift’ back.” Earlier this month, Jenna organized two local drop-off locations for anyone who wanted to donate presents; check out this video about this amazing young woman.

You’ve gotta love what she’s doing, but it also makes you consider how empowering it must be for her to in turn help others—worth keeping in mind as a confidence booster for a child with special needs.

Live in the Dallas area and have gifts to share? Or want to send some along? Contact Jenna here.

Image: Screen grab/wfaa

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