RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU got a special delivery on Friday thanks to Nick’s Toy Drive.
Nick Booth and some helping hands unloaded box after box of toys donated by the community.
Affectionately dubbed “Little Saint Nick,” Booth, an 11-year-old from Dinwiddie, has been collecting and delivering toys to the hospital for the last four years.
The first year, he managed to get 75 toys, but this year is his best work yet.
In the last few months, he brought in nearly 4,000 toys — all of which will go to kids who are receiving treatment on Christmas morning.
“I think it’s pretty awesome that we have 3,854 toys and the kids are going to be really happy,” said Booth.
This year’s tremendous outpouring of support was due in part to the dozens of local businesses and organizations that joined in the effort and served as drop-off locations.
Booth says he hopes the children feel excitement, love and care when they unwrap their gifts from their hospital beds.
Leslie Wyatt, executive director of Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, says the toys will certainly be a bright spot for the children.
“Nick is a tremendous little guy who’s got a big, big heart,” said Wyatt. “I know there are many children throughout the community like him and I just want to say from Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, thank you. We appreciate all that the community does for children here.”
This year’s toy drive was dedicated in memory of Quinlan Thomas. Thomas received a toy from the drive while getting treatment for leukemia last Christmas but has since passed away. Now, his family has joined forces with Nick’s to help make Christmas a little brighter for other families in a similar situation.