AUSTIN -- It may not seem like as simple as a blanket can make a difference to a sick child, but it can mean so much. And one little girl wants to help spread a smile to other kids going through tough times in the hospital.
It's a special delivery for Dell Children's Medical Center as 10-year-old Kyndal Miethke, her twin sister Sam and their parents drop off donations.
Kyndal has spent time in Dell Children's before. The 10-year-old is being treated for thyroid cancer.
A day before her first cancer surgery, Kyndal also found out she had a rare birth defect that was affecting her brain.
“She's handled her cancer surgery and, four months later, her brain surgery, and, four months ago in September, she had a second cancer surgery,” her mother Sonja said.
During her stays at Dell Children's, Kyndal noticed something important.
“In the room there isn't really that much color, so it kind of made your emotions go down, and you weren't as happy,” Kyndal said.
Then friends gave her a gift: a cut-and-tie blanket.
“Whenever they gave it to me, it made the whole room light up because it was so colorful,“ Kyndal said.
So, Kyndal had a bright idea: make more colorful fleece blankets for other sick kids, and spread the joy.
“I just think that it brightens their day, because that's what it did for me,” she said. “It's always cold in the hospital, too, so it's good to have blankets.”
Kyndal, her family and her church have made and donated nearly 200 blankets so far.
“Even in the midst of her battling cancer, she's found a way to help other little kids,” said Kyndal’s father, John Miethke. “I'm very proud of her.”
Today, Elizar Rodriguez received a gift from a little girl he's never met.
“It makes me happy that people are out there like her, just gives kindness out to people,” Rodriguez said.
Kyndal said she's happy knowing a simple blanket can warm another child's heart and lift their spirits.
“Even if you have been going through hard times you still can give back, even with a smile or a hug or something," Kyndal said.
Doctors say Kyndal will face additional surgeries and radiation treatments.
If you'd like to donate time or money to help Kyndal's blanket project, you can contact Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Austin.