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First responders donating patches for Aiden

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North Texas first responders are donating their patches to Aiden "Toot" Cross, 6, at Medical City Children's Hospital in Dallas. The idea is to make a safety blanket for Aiden's travels to and from the hospital. Those who found out about the idea recently posted about it on social media, where the news has spread quickly.

He's spent a lot of his time at Medical City in ICU. He suffers from atypical hemolytic uremic system and has undergone dialysis, a kidney transplant, and more. His kidney function improved but he caught a virus that doctors need to get under control.

Dallas Fire Rescue Hazmat Station 3, also known as the "The Gator Pit", gave him about 100 patches and a personalized firefighting uniform.

His family is encouraging other emergency responders to pitch in because so far the donations have brought him nothing but happiness. "He said that was awesome! Because those are his heroes. He said they aren't super heroes like Batman because they can't fly but they are just like that," said Aiden's mother Christy Cross.

Aiden's collection is growing. "Got an alligator one. That says the Gator Pit," he said.

Patches have also come in from Farmers Branch fire fighters and Double Oak in Denton County.  

Christy says she's eager to see what arrives since there have only been a few days of mail service since the post hit Facebook.

"It means a lot to me because it helps to know there are still a lot of really good people out there in the world who are willing to take time out for a child that they don't even know," said Christy.

Patches can be donated to Medical City Children's Hospital in Dallas.

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