After waiting nearly a week for her white blood cell count to rise so she could continue her cancer treatments, 2-year-old Hazel “Hazelnut” Hammersley got bored and hungry.

With the help of her parents and the staff at the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital, Hazel taped up a sign from her fourth-floor window, asking for some pizza to be sent to her room.

“This sign was up for several days without even a single phone call asking to send up a pizza (which we completely expected!),” Hazel’s mom, Lauren, blogged. “Then, on Saturday, it all changed.”

One by one, pizza boxes started piling up in Hazel’s room thanks to aReddit user who spotted Hazel’s sign while walking out of a grocery store. The redditor, ashortstorylong, posted a picture of the sign to the site’s popular r/funny forum. From there, it reached the front page.


The response was so overwhelming the hospital put out a statement kindly asking for the pizza deliveries to stop.

“On behalf of the Hammersley family, thank you for spreading the word and we hope the photo of Hazel with a successful pizza delivery received spreads just as far and fast as the original photo has,” the hospital stated.

Reddit’s altruism, particularly involving pizza, is a cornerstone of the community. Reddit has helped raise $65,000 for an orphanage in Kenya$170,000 for Doctors Without Borders, and more than $100,000for Child’s Play, a charity that provides games and toys to children in the hospital. After the Boston Marathon bombings, Reddit flooded Boston with—what else?—pizza.


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