PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – It’s tough to be in the hospital, especially if you’re a child, but the day was brightened Wednesday morning for kids at Children’s Hospital.

Carts at Children’s Hospital were stuffed with stuffed animals and a wide array of other toys and playthings – 660 smiles worth of toys. A children’s charity called Cuddles For Kids aims to make hospital stays a little bit brighter, and it works.

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“Donations like this mean everything to the children and families that we serve here,” CHP Child Life Services manager Ken Rudek said. “It gives them an opportunity to be a child. It gives them an opportunity for distraction, even for a minute, to take away from what they may be going through, what anxiety they may have.”

The two large carts are rolled down the hall to the elevator. Final destination: Austin’s Playroom, founded by the Mario Lemieux Foundation in the name of Mario’s son.

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Cuddles For Kids was founded by 19-year-old Conner Hagins of Johnstown ten years ago.

“It started because my father was in the hospital, and he got a stuffed animal for a double bypass surgery,” Hagins said. “I asked the nurse, ‘does everyone get a stuffed animal?’ Because as a kid, that’s the one thing you want as you walk in the room. And they told me no. From that moment, it’s almost been a lightbulb idea. Do something where everyone who’s in the hospital, over the holidays or just while they’re in there, gets a new toy or stuffed animal.”

The plush toys were donated to Children’s at the suggestion of Penguins employee and hospital volunteer Celina Pompeani.

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After all, everyone needs a cuddle now and then.