By Ron Matz

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — If you’re shopping for a holiday gift, look no further than the Miracle Tie. They’re on sale as of Wednesday.

Ron Matz reports one of the joys of Baltimore’s holiday season is meeting the tie designers — the young patients at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.

Lilah Sidle’s favorite season is winter, so the 12-year-old designed the holly tie.

“This year, I drew holly,” she said. “I chose to make holly because winter is my favorite season and you see a lot of holly. I want people to buy the ties to support Johns Hopkins.”

The Miracle Ties are all drawn by the young patients at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and sold by Jos. A. Bank, who presented Hopkins with a $60,000 check from last year’s sales.

“It’s a local organization and we’re a Baltimore-based company, so it was a no-brainer for us to partner with them. We are glad to help out,” said Jonathan Newton, Jos. A. Bank. “As a group, we’ve been doing this for more than 20 years. As a company, we’re just really happy to partner with the Hopkins Children’s Center so that we can make these children’s stay a little easier while they’re in the center getting treatment.”

Like 5-year-old Bridget, who received a life saving heart transplant when she was two. Love her snowman tie? These kids are inspiration personified.

“Every time I meet the new artists each year, it inspires you. They are so resilient in facing really hard medical challenges. When you allow them to play and draw it’s easy to remember the child that they really are,” said Patrice Brylske, Director, Child Life Department at Johns Hopkins Hospital. “Each year, Jos. A. Bank helps us raise so much money. The money funds programs and services that we cannot provide children and families in any other way.”

“I designed the sports ball tie. It’s got basketballs, soccer balls, footballs and tennis balls. I made it in the hospital. It was fun to draw it because I like to draw,” said Gregory Meecham, 11.

The Miracle Ties are available at all Jos. A. Bank stores and online. Since the program started in 1995, the Miracle Collection has raised more than $950,000 for the kids at Hopkins.

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