December 16, 2016

Sisters’ Heart Transplants Inspire Family to Organize Holiday Toy Drive

By Alyse Brunella

As a mother, Linsey Rippy’s holiday shopping list is usually full of toys, but surprisingly not always for her own children. Linsey’s daughters, 10-year-old Madi and 7-year-old Sydney, were diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy as toddlers, and each had a heart transplant at Mayo Clinic at age 3. Knowing first-hand how difficult it is to have a child in the hospital, especially during the holidays, the Rippy’s have organized a holiday toy drive the past six years to help stock the toy closets in the hospital and at the Ronald McDonald House in Rochester. Linsey says the toy drive is a way to pay forward the kindness her family has received from others and teach her own children about the gift of giving back. “It feels good to give,” Linsey says. “I don’t want my girls to have a sense of entitlement. They’ve been through a lot, but that doesn’t mean they get to be selfish. To learn more, you can visit the toy drive Facebook event page, or if you’d like to donate, you can email Linsey at or order through their Amazon wish list.

Tags: About Kids & Teens, Heart & Blood Health, Transplants, Uncategorized, Visiting Mayo Clinic

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