Good Neighbors

Homemade Flier Helps Boy Collect Toys for Kids In Need

He didn't need much (aside from a desire to help others) to succeed.


Sometimes all you need to make a difference is a piece of paper, a pen and a big heart. That was the thinking of third grader Braxton Gillespie, who wanted to help with the local police department's toy drive in Ludlow, KY.

So, Braxton created his own flyer asking for people to donate toys, complete with hand-drawn presents and a Christmas tree. The flyer said that he wanted to "fill my mom's van with toys to help kids have a Merry Christmas!" and included the hashtags #Braxonsmission and #spreadingcheer.

He passed the flyer out at school, and with the help of his family and friends he collected 165 gifts that will be passed out to children in need in his community.

The Ludlow Police Department shared the success of Braxton's donation drive in a Facebook post and they thanked him for his generosity.

The police chief is planning to meet with Braxton and his parents soon to thank him in person.

The post was shared over 50 times and people praised the young man for his incredible kindness.

One user wrote, "You are a wonderful young man Braxton! Keep up the good work. The world needs more people like you. Thank you for all you do!"

"Way to shine Braxton, so nice to care about others. You Rock!!!!" commented another user.

We think it's great that someone so young can make such a big difference, just by using the resources they have around them.

Inspired by Braxton's act of kindness? You can donate to a Toys for Tots program (click here to find a drop off location in your are), or you can organize your own toy drive at your job or in your community (this article has some good tips on how to get started). Let's #StartSomethingGood together.

(Source: images Ludlow Police Department Facebook )

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