The kids arriving for Sage Garver's birthday party this fall all brought gifts, but none of them were for the birthday girl.

The Fairfield first-grader chose to mark her seventh birthday not by opening presents for herself, but by gathering gifts for to kids confined to Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital.

So when party invitations went out earlier this fall to 20 of Sage's friends, her mother said, the instructions were to bring an unwrapped gift that would go to a child at the hospital.

"The response was overwhelming," Genna Garver said.

Some kids brought more than one gift, and Sage, her mother and grandmother earlier this month delivered about 40 gifts to grateful hospital administrators.

Genna Garver said her daughter, who attends Easton Country Day School, last year was invited to a birthday party at which the gifts were for children's hospital patients. When Sage's birthday in late September was approaching, her mother asked if she'd like to do the same thing.

Sage said yes.

Genna Garver said Sage hopes her gesture will inspire other children to remember kids who have the misfortune of being hospitalized, especially as the holiday season is about to begin.