Kids at Dell Children’s get to give gifts, too

A year into his philanthropy, Buck Schroeter, 14, sits in his garage in front of some of the gifts he has collected Buck, with help from his family and friends, organizes a mini store in the hospital where sick kids can come pick out gifts to give at Christmas, since they are unable to shop while they stay at the hospital. Courtney Dudley AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN
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A year into his philanthropy, Buck Schroeter, 14, sits in his garage in front of some of the gifts he has collected Buck, with help from his family and friends, organizes a mini store in the hospital where sick kids can come pick out gifts to give at Christmas, since they are unable to shop while they stay at the hospital. Courtney Dudley AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Tomorrow more than 300 kids at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas will get to shop at Buck’s Barn and choose more than 1,000 gifts to give to their family and friends. They can even get it wrapped.

A year into his philanthropy, Buck Schroeter, 14, sits in his garage in front of some of the gifts he has collected Buck, with help from his family and friends, organizes a mini store in the hospital where sick kids can come pick out gifts to give at Christmas, since they are unable to shop while they stay at the hospital. Courtney Dudley AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN

A year into his philanthropy, Buck Schroeter, 14, sits in his garage in front of some of the gifts he has collected Buck, with help from his family and friends, organizes a mini store in the hospital where sick kids can come pick out gifts to give at Christmas, since they are unable to shop while they stay at the hospital. Courtney Dudley AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN

The idea came from  Buck Schroeter, who had leukemia as a child and is now in college. He and his family have organized this event since 2007.

He has said, “One of the hardest things about my illness was being in the hospital during Christmas and not being able to shop for or give Christmas presents to my family and friends.

“I thought that other kids in the hospital must be going through the same thing, so I decided that I would come up with a way to give them the opportunity to get and give Christmas presents while in the hospital,” Schroeter said.

You can find more at www.bucksbarn.org.


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