Coronavirus News: 7-year-old Long Island girl donates American Girl doll money to hospital

LONG ISLAND (WABC) -- A 7-year-old girl from Long Island is heeding the call to give during the coronavirus pandemic, breaking open her piggy bank to donate the money she was saving for an American Girl doll to Northwell Health.

"I want to make everyone happy," Desiree Mohammodi said. "And if other people are happy, I'm happy."

Mohammodi was honored Thursday for her selflessness by Northwell President and CEO Michael Dowling, who presented her with the American Girl doll of her dreams: The American Astronaut.

"I was starting to feel like I wanted to jump and scream, but I know I had to use my indoor voice," she said.

Her mom, Rose, says her daughter is considering a career as an astronaut. But she says she is also considering being an artist, a journalist, or the president.

Her mom says she's an old soul.

"I'm here to help her do what she need to do," she said. "It's her calling."

Desiree wrote a letter to Dowling, telling him to use the $52.65 she was donating to buy snacks and other things for the staff.

"I hope you all can get a chance to take a break and use the money for a snack from the vending machine," she said, reading from her letter.

In the letter, she prays to God for a disease-free world and closes by reminding Dowling to wash his hands. It also came complete with original drawings and a photo of herself holding her piggy bank.

Dowling said he believes that now, more than ever, the generosity and compassion of one special little girl should be rewarded.

"That's exceptional character, and we have a very special person," he said.


COVID-19 Help, Information and Resources

New York state
New Jersey
New York City
Grieving the lost: Tri-State residents who have died

Share your coronavirus story with Eyewitness News
Stimulus check scams and other coronavirus hoaxes
Coronavirus prevention: how clean are your hands?
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on coronavirus

Copyright © 2020 WABC-TV. All Rights Reserved.