By Jeff Todd
AURORA, Colo. (CBS4)– Makayla Kinard has been working for years to gather up enough supplies to make a difference at the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes on the CU Anshutz campus.READ MORE: Denver Tied 126-Year-Old Record High Saturday, Lands In Top 5 For 90 Degree Days
On Wednesday, she was finally able to deliver 60 bags for kids who are diagnosed with diabetes.
“We figured this bag could be put to use multiple ways,” Kinard said.
The bag is filled with things a new patient would need, some practical, and some fun.
“Coloring book, I got them some Band-Aids, alcohol prep swabs, crayons for the coloring book,” Kinard said. “Since my aunt was diabetic, I kind of saw the things that she used.”
Kinard was inspired to make the bags after her aunt passed away five years ago from complications from diabetes. Kinard’s aunt Elizabeth was just 26 years old. Kinard and her family have now started a nonprofit to help other families in need.READ MORE: Police, Firefighters, Rescue Teams Continue Search For Diana Brown, Missing Flash Floods Ripped Through Poudre Canyon
“Even though they’re going through this hard time, it’s not going to be as difficult as they think it is,” Kinard said.
Kinard picked the Barbara Davis Center because her aunt was a patient there. She worked for years to gather all the necessary supplies as part of her Silver Award for Girl Scouts of America.
Kinard is hoping to continue to help families in need with a virtual 5k.
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Jeff Todd joined the CBS4 team in 2011 covering the Western Slope in the Mountain Newsroom. Since 2015 he’s been working across the Front Range in the Denver Headquarters. Follow him on Twitter @CBS4Jeff.