TODAY | March 18, 2014
>> a birthday request from a 5-year-old's sick grand mom has turned into a project to help others across the country.
>> and as you're about to see, this nevada family really knows how to deliver.
>> it's a pint sized packing party. 5-year-old abby warren and her friends make cards of support and put them in purple bags with books, snacks and clothing for chemotherapy patients.
>> i put like water and chocolate.
>> abby 's purple bag project started last fall when her grandmother went through treatment for breast cancer . instead of birthday presents, abby 's grandmother asked family members to donate gifts to other patients going through grueling rounds of chemotherapy.
>> they have to have it for like a lot of days. like, maybe 100 days .
>> we've explained that cancer's a sickness, a very, very bad sickness. and then the chemo, well, it helps kill the cancer, also kills the good things in your body, too, like your immune system.
>> thank you so much.
>> you're welcome.
>> we think about treatments being the big guns of surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, but sometimes treatments can be something as simple as chocolate and really help people. every little bit counts.
>> abby became hooked on helping.
>> on the way home, abby was excited she was able to deliver bags, but was very upset there are cancer patients across the country that go to chemo without giving bags.
>> i said, if you want to do that, it's going to take a lot of work, but i'll help you. so we came up with the idea of asking our friends and family on facebook to deliver purple bags.
>> purple because of its similarity to the color lavender which represents cancer. and because of another simple reason.
>> because my grandma's favorite color is purple.
>> abby 's family set a goal to deliver 1,000 bags to hospitals.
>> thank you, sweetheart.
>> each time someone in a different state delivers a bag in her name, abby colors in her map.
>> we are going to donate $1,000 to a local charity with a similar mission to yours so they can help do good work just like you're doing.
>> so far, more than 700 bags have been given in abby 's name around the country. small acts of kindness that can have a huge impact.
>> here we've got a little 5-year-old that's thinking about cancer patients. are you kidding? that little girl ? oh, my gosh. that's amazing.
>> and our goal is to help abby , to give back. what she's taught us, you can't limit giving, you can't limit hope.
>> and this kind kindergartener hopes her project has no limits.
>> i like to give away, like never stop.
>> you can find more info about abby 's purple bag project at our website today.com. and if you know any people or groups inspiring hope in their communities, give us a heads up on twitter with the #hopetoit.
>> i love that voice.
>> abby .