Annual toy drive already gearing up for holiday season

Christmas might be months away, but when you’re collecting as many toys as Nick Booth, it becomes a yearlong operation.

Booth, an 11-year-old from Dinwiddie, started a toy drive five years ago. His mission? To collect toys to deliver to kids who are in the hospital for treatment during the holiday.

Last year was the biggest year yet for Nick’s Toy Drive. With several helping hands from around the community, he collected more than 4,000 toys that were delivered to The Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU.

Dozens of organizations and businesses hopped on board to make that happen, many setting out boxes to collect donated toys.

Thomas and Booth families
Thomas and Booth families

Nick’s mom, Sheri, says, due to last year’s overwhelming response, they’re already receiving requests from people who want to help out this year. So, they’ve started taking names and information from people who would like to participate and serve as drop-off locations.

This year, they’re calling the effort Nick’s 5th Annual Toy Drive Presents: “Quinlan’s Treasures” in honor of Quinlan Thomas.

Thomas received a toy from the drive while getting treatment for leukemia during the 2013 holiday season, but has since passed away. Now, his family has once again joined forces with Nick’s to help make Christmas a little brighter for other families in a similar situation.

If you’d like to help out with the toy drive, you can call 804-919-0406 or visit Nick’s Facebook page, by clicking HERE.

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