Mission accomplished for a 9-year-old Dinwiddie boy, determined to put toys in the hands of sick children at Christmas.
His toy drive hit a bump last week - he needed a trailer big enough to transport all the toys. 12 On Your Side made the appeal, and a local businessman answered the call.
The president of Chamberlain Mechanical Service saw the report last week and says he knew immediately he wanted to help.
Bruce Chamberlain offered up his 8x20 trailer and the toy delivery happened at 10 a.m. Thursday.
Sights and sounds outside Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU seemed a lot like Christmas. When the trailer doors were opened - cheers simultaneously erupted.
Everyone is in support of the third grader in the Santa hat, the kid with a missionary heart. His contagious spirit of giving amazed and motivated Bruce Chamberlain to drive the donated gifts from Dinwiddie to Richmond.
"It's a mighty noble cause, this young man has taken," said Chamberlain. "If I could help get the toys down here, then I was happy to do that."
Nicholas Booth inspired the community. He collected 25 boxes of toys, each box donated in the memory of the children killed in this country's second worst school shooting. The boxes bared their names and ages.
"When I saw the names of the children on the boxes at Sandy Hook, that was pretty touching," said Chamberlain.
More than one thousand gifts. Simply amazing, says VCU's child life specialist Heather Kinney.
"One of the things we try to do in the hospital is normalize the environment for kids so it's less intimidating and less scary," said Kinney. "My mind was just blown. That's more gifts than I can imagine any adult would gather, much less a little boy."
Kinney says about 40 kids are in the hospital this year at Christmas, being treated for a variety of illnesses. Knowing people care, she says, helps expedite their healing.
"They can't be with their family on Christmas, so I just wanted to give them toys so they'd be happy," said Booth. "It makes me feel awesome. Great."
Nicholas thanks everyone who helped by dropping off toys at various collection points. The gifts will last through the year for sick kids birthday's and special occasions.
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