RICHMOND, Va (WRIC) — A young Richmond boy is spreading holiday cheer to kids at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU.
Nicholas Booth, 13, organized and collected 3,300 toys for children who are receiving treatment at VCU. He started the toy drive six years ago.
“I hope they feel very excited and thankful that they have toys over Christmas,” Nicholas Booth told 8News.
Nick and a team of volunteers made the big delivery to the hospital around 10 a.m. Friday. The toys are collected in memory of Quilan Thomas, who passed away in 2014.
“Our son had AML leukemia. Quinlan passed away right before he was four,” Quilan’s father, Tony Thomas, said. “He was diagnosed at 18 months. We have a strong tie with VCU.”
Not only do the children receive toys on Christmas but throughout the year.
“They get them for birthdays and last chemo,” said VCU Child Life Specialist Siri Bream. “Sometimes you just need a little pick me up if you’ve just got a new diagnosis.
It’s a kind and loving act by one child to thousands of others.
“We certainly can’t cure them. We wish we could, that would be amazing, but to offer them a minion or a stuffed animal to cuddle to take into the OR with them is a wonderful thing.”
“We were here with Quinlan for 9 months in the hospital,” T. Thomas added. “It helps when a child gets done and has a procedure and comes back to the room to a toy there waiting for them.”
“That is what Christmas is all about,” added Scottie Barfield. “It is about the kids.”
As for Booth, he has one wish for the children at VCU: “I want them to have a merry Christmas and happy holidays.”
Click here more information about Nick’s Toy Drive Quilan’s Treasures.