In June, Noah Boone was thinking of Christmas. Not what he could get for himself, but for what he could do for others.
“I wanted to be nice and act like Santa Claus for one day,” Noah said.
Noah worked with his mom, Mickala Carver, to come up with the best way to do something for someone else.
A 9-year old boy became Santa for a day and raised money for a sleigh bag full of toys. What a thoughtful idea to spread holiday cheer at his local children’s hospital! https://t.co/3YKR433hcg
— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) December 12, 2021
“We brainstormed and came up with buying presents for Children’s Hospital,” Carver said.
Then it came time to start raising cash.
“We started in July and just kind of picked up this last couple of weeks with people being more in the giving spirit, I guess, just wanting to donate some to him,” she said.
Noah was willing to put in some work to help others. His main strategy for getting donations was to sell drawings of his favorite characters.
He said that to keep the donations coming, he could create a drawing in “probably like 10 minutes or something.”
With family and friends providing money augmented by those who learned about his efforts through Facebook, Noah raised $570.
Then he was off to the Five Below store in Sevierville.
When the store learned about his plan, it chipped in another $100. Noah also received some Sponge Bob toys from the store.
“We’re super proud of him, and Five Below wanted to help out and help him do something spectacular,” store manager Scott Granger said.
Toting a monster receipt and an armloads of gifts, Noah loaded the family car.
Then it was off to plan his trip to the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital to bring a little Christmas cheer to the kids there.
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