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Holiday campaign aims to brighten St Jude patients

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In this season of giving, more than 60 retailers nationwide ave have teamed up with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

The Memphis-based wants to make sure children who have to spend Christmas in the hospital have a little bit of a brighter day.

The holiday season is about giving, and there are many children who need more than just toys this holiday season

Actress Marlo Thomas, has been devoted to helping children through her work with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and this year sassy Food Network star Sandra Lee is pitching in.

"After I visited St. Jude in Memphis I wrote a column about them in my magazine and I really got into the detail on how the hospital works and how the families are treated and how the kids are treated and what it must be like to go through that," Lee said. "So when my line launched at Kmart, Kmart came to me and said 'St. Jude is one of our partners. We have a new ornament out. Can you please help us? And I said absolutely."
 
St. Jude has partnered with 60 retail companies top kick off their 9th Annual "Thanks and Giving" campaign in November.

To date, these efforts have raised over $312 million; money that helps in a big way...

"The donations mean a greater health care because St. Jude, they don't charge you anything - even if you don't have insurance," said Nekeshia Shepard. "We had no health insurance, so you know, they didn't turn us away and were so grateful for that."

Eleven-year-old Keyshawn Sheppard was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in November of 2011. He is now in remission and feeling great.

Lee sent them on a shopping spree through Kmart in New York City and they will bring back goodies for the kids at St. Jude.

"I can't wait to get back and see the joy on the kids faces when they see the great gifts," Nekeshia said.

"They even want me to dress up like Santa Claus and I kind of have the feeling to be Santa Claus for one day, so it'll be pretty fun," Keyshawn added.

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