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Mom hopes to brighten sick kids' hospital rooms for holidays

Rene Porter has a simple wish for Christmas: that every sick child spending the holidays in a hospital has a room decked out with a small Christmas tree, fake snow, a string of lights, stockings or anything else to bring them the season's joy.

"A hospital can be a lonely and scary place for a child," said Porter, 36. "Let's do something to make it better."

So last year the Winter Garden mother set out to donate at least one bag full of holiday decorations to a Central Florida hospital so that a child's family can adorn a hospital room with holiday cheer. Now, her idea has ballooned into hundreds of bags from around the country being donated to...