12 ON YOUR SIDE: Third grader's toy drive

DINWIDDIE, VA (WWBT) - UPDATE: A trailer has been found for the family to transport the toys, thanks to everyone for offering to help!

Original story: A little boy on a mission to bring Christmas to children in the hospital is wrapping up a successful toy drive, but there's one thing missing.

Third grader Nicolas Booth collected more presents than he ever imagined. The problem now is finding a trailer big enough to haul all the gifts, at one time, from Dinwiddie County to MCV Children's Hospital in Richmond.

Nicolas Booth's Christmas wish has come true many times over. He planned for a couple hundred toys - but ended up collecting far more. He's the child who brought out the spirit of Christmas in people.

"Seeing all these toys just makes me feel happy that all the kids will be happy too," said Nicholas Booth.

His mom Sheri and church pastor, Pamela Seeley are proud. Nicholas orchestrated the drive himself. But, the fact that everything goes to sick kids who can't be home for Christmas and their families is especially heartfelt.

"While we're getting up on Christmas morning opening our gifts, they're at the hospital with their loved ones," Sheri said. "We have eight boxes yet to pick up. I'm thinking we're close to a thousand toys. We've got books donated, stuffed animals, clothes."

Enough toys to last throughout the year, for hospitalized kids' birthdays and special occasions, so many toys that it's changed their transportation needs.

"We'd like to get one trailer that's hopefully closed in, in case of rain to be able to load up all the toys and take them up to the hospital," said Sheri.

The key words regarding the trailer are one trip, one load and enclosed. It's a 45 minute drive from Kenwood United Methodist Church in Dinwiddie to MCV Children's Hospital.

"Please, to get these kids these toys we just need some help," Sheri said.

The hospital delivery date is next Thursday.

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