It all started with a pair of toy trucks for two brothers who Florence Kinney learned would be in the hospital at Christmas.
After she and her husband delivered the toy trucks to Rochester General Hospital in December 1989, Kinney says she couldn’t stop thinking of all the hospitalized children.
She asked her husband if they could get “a few more” toys. They came home with 400 gifts, wrapped and tagged them (by age level), and delivered them to Rochester General.
Their aim was to take a child’s pain away, if even for a few moments.
The Kinneys may not have known it yet, but Webster’s “Mr. and Mrs. Claus” were born.
While she lost her husband in 2003, she has carried on in his memory. She has also penned a book, detailing what she calls “From the Heart of A Child,” with the goal that proceeds from its sale will help more children.