PEORIA, Ill. -- Stuffed animals are a part of every child's life and they served a very meaningful purpose at the Children's Hospital of Illinois on Thursday.
Kyle and DeEtte Garman donated hundreds of sock monkeys to patients today in honor of their son Dawson.
If June of last year, Dawson was born with a condition called hydrops fetalis. He died of heart failure in December at only 6 months old.
Dawson's parents say, while he is not here physically, his memory still lives on with each sock monkey given to children at the hospital.
Every monkey has a hand sewn patch that honors Dawson and his family's favorite phrase, "I love you to the moon and back".
"We embroidered them just so people knew a little bit about Dawson," said Dawson's mother DeEtte Garman. "I'm excited to hopefully bring a smile to another baby's face and give back something and do good in his name."
In Honor of Dawson's first birthday the Garmans are holding a benefit in this Saturday, June 29, at the Avanti's Dome in Pekin from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Their goal is to raise $50,000 for the Children's Hospital of Illinois.
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