MT. PLEASANT (KDKA) — A local patient being treated at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus got a chance to help out other patients today.

Makenzie Rugg, 4, got a chance to go on a shopping spree at the Big Lots store in Mount Pleasant.

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“I think it is a great cause; I hope it continues,” said Kristi Rugg, Makenzie’s mom. “I hope the support is amazing, and like I said, I hope it continues every year.”

Rugg was born with a life-threatening heart defect, called right hypoplastic heart disease.

She had open heart surgery when she was very young to help her heart pump blood more efficiently to her lungs.

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She’ll have to continue to have surgeries throughout her life to replace a synthetic blood vessel that helps her heart pump more normally.

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The shopping trip was part of the Give 4 Kids campaign. Ohio-based retail chain Big Lots organized the shopping trip, along with Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

“This is a five-week campaign,” said David Campisi, the CEO and president of Big Lots. “We started it last year. The company raised $2.2 million, all of that money went to the hospital. We will continue to do this, hopefully, forever for the hospital because it is all about our kids.”

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The items that were purchased will be given to Rugg’s fellow patients.