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Edina sister donates funds, toys, blankets Gillette's Children's Hospital

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EDINA, Minn. (KMSP) -

One young girl's love for her sister is extending far beyond their family after she got her entire school to participate in a fundraiser for the hospital that has helped them.

By simply sharing her personal story, one Edina student whose sister suffers from epilepsy is now helping children with special needs.

Watching 12-year-old Maya Brull and her 10-year-old sister, Lauren, makes it clear that the two are best friends as well as siblings.

"We might be able to drive each other crazy all day long but we still love each other," Lauren Brull told FOX 9 News.

Maya Brull suffers from epilepsy, and the love Lauren Brull has for her led her to ask the student leadership team of 16 Cornelia Elementary School students to fundraise to help.

Every other year, students make a presentation about fundraisers they'd like to see. A vote is then taken, and it was clear which cause Lauren Brull would cast hers for.

"I was like, 'Hey, that's a perfect thing to do because I have a really good connection there and we love Gillette,'" she recalled.

Since she was very young, Maya Brull has been receiving treatment for her condition at Gillette Children's Hospital to reduce the severity of her seizures. Lauren Brull told FOX 9 News he noticed a difference after the very first visit.

"When we came home, it seemed completely different," she remembered. "She wanted to play with me more, do stuff with me a lot."

Lauren Brull's proposal was competing with 15 other organizations, but when she told her peers about her sister's story, they ended up voting in her favor.

"I couldn't stop having a smile on my face," she said.

Over the past several months, students at Cornelia Elementary have been hard at work, making blankets for the children.

"The arms wrap around it and it becomes something safe associated with the place you are in," said the girls' father, Mark Brull.

Along with those blankets, students also gathered toys and raised money. Recently, they presented the hospital with 62 toys, 49 blankets and a check for more than $1,000.

"I was like, 'Oh my gosh!' I had no clue how much we raised, so when I found out, my mouth just dropped," Lauren Brull told FOX 9 News. "I was so amazed."

Lauren Brull said it's an amazing feeling to know they were able to help other children, and for her mother, it's amazing to watch her girls look out for others.

"It has made her that much more able and more empathetic to deal with children with special needs," Sandy Brull said. "We see it at school, we see it wherever we go. She's right there to help the kids who need the help."

Although the school's fundraiser is finished, anyone who wishes to help can donate blankets and toys to Gillette Children's Hospital. Information on how to do so can be found here: http://www.gillettechildrens.org/

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