Richmond, VA—A Dinwidde elementary school student has made it his mission to help children who will be hospitalized on Christmas Day.
Eight-year-old Nicholas Booth has spent the last several months collecting hundreds of toys for kids at the Children's Hospital of Richmond. Nicholas' mother, Sherri Booth, says he got the idea last year--when he was just seven years old.
"He was upset about a commercial he saw on TV, with some children in the hospital at Christmas," said Sherri. "And the biggest thing he couldn't wrap his head around was why these kids would have to be at the hospital, and not getting Santa Claus at their house."
Nicholas sympathized greatly with the children, whom he didn't even know.
"It made me feel sad, just…I didn't like them being in the hospital."
The toy drive started at the Booth family's church, Kenwood United Methodist, where members helped to collect more than 100 toys. The effort has now spread throughout the community, and Nick's Toy Drive has collected hundreds of toys, $500 in gift cards, and even cash.
Rev. Pamela Seely believes Nicholas' generosity has spurred the growth of the community's efforts.
"It is just because of the joy he has in his heart, its infectious to everyone. I think that's why the toy drive is so large."
There are collection boxes throughout Dinwiddie, Petersburg and Chester. If you'd like to help or get more information, please call 804-919-0406.
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