YouTube star ‘Ryan’s World’ gives gifts to kids at Kapiolani Medical Center

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) — Ryan Kaji, a 10-year-old YouTube sensation, brought the fun to Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children on Tuesday, delivering gifts in conjunction with the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

The Kaji family visited the hospital’s playrooms and classrooms, handing out Starlight backpacks filled with Ryan’s World-themed toys. Each backpack contained a QR code that played a video message from Ryan when scanned.

“Moments like this today can be transformative for patients, helping to reduce the stress of hospitalization while improving their well-being and healing process,” said Christine Soldner, Senior Director of Development at the company to the Starlight Children’s Foundation. “They forget why they’re here, and they can have fun and play games with Ryan.”

With over 32 million subscribers, Ryan’s World is one of the most recognizable family channels on YouTube.

In 2015, Shion and Loann Kaji began posting videos of their then 3-year-old son unboxing and playing with toys under “Ryan ToysReview”. Seven years later, Ryan’s World has 10 YouTube channels dedicated to diverse content as well as a range of toys and apparel sold at some of the country’s biggest retailers.

The Kaji family, who live in Oahu, partnered with the Starlight Children’s Foundation to make the day possible. The nonprofit organization works with 800 U.S. pediatric facility partners focused on the happiness of hospitalized children.

Kapiolani Medical Center has been a partner of Starlight for nearly 14 years.

The YouTube channel mentions that most of the toys reviewed in its videos are donated to charity.

“I’m glad my parents and I got to visit the hospital and share all these toys and games with the patients, and I hope they enjoy it as much as I do,” Ryan said. “I love making people happy and smiling, so it was great to see all of that today.”

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