Myleah Rhynes had spent nearly 24 hours in the emergency department at Children’s on Christmas Day 2009. She hadn’t slept. She hadn’t eaten. And she wasn’t sure if her children and husband would survive after being seriously injured in a car wreck on Christmas Eve.
Then something happened that made Myleah so happy that she cried.
When her children were taken to their rooms in the intensive care unit, each one had six presents waiting for them. “As soon as I saw it, I just started bawling,” Myleah says. “Those gifts meant the world to us. It enabled us to feel a little joy in the midst of so much chaos.”
Without the care of a Level I Trauma Center, Myleah’s two daughters, Morgen and Meadow, may not have survived. However, thanks to Children’s and the generous friends who make its mission possible, both girls are healthy and happy today. Now the Rhynes are being generous, too.
Since the presents were the first bright spot for their family after the wreck, they decided to make an annual family tradition of bringing presents to Children’s for other families who have to spend the holidays in the hospital.
They started the tradition the first holiday season after their wreck. Each child picked out six presents he or she would like to receive, and the family brought them to Children’s for the Child Life team to distribute. They intend to do the same thing every Christmas moving forward.
“This is going to be our legacy, and hopefully our children will carry this on even after we’re gone,” Myleah says. “It’s our way of giving back.”
If you would like to give back to Children’s this holiday season, please consider making a gift in honor of a friend or family member through our gift catalog.