ST. JOSEPH, Mo.
At a time of the year when most kids are focused on what they want on their Christmas list 9-year-old CJ Speer just wants to give back this Christmas.
For Speer, Christmas spirit has always been a part of him and it grew even bigger when he was treated at Children's Mercy last year for pneumonia.
"They were bringing me activities to do, like a piggy bank to paint and we asked them where they were getting all this stuff and they said from donations," Speer said.
That's when it clicked for Speer-to give to others in times of need and that's exactly what he did.
He began collecting and donating toys last year for patients at Children's Mercy during the holiday season.
However, this year, Speer wants to keep toy donations local, collecting them at Spotted Dog consignment.
"I wanted to donate toys because if people didn't donate toys, some people may not even get Christmas presents," Speer said.
According to Speer's mom, Shena, the third grader at Skaith Elementary has always had a big heart.
"Ever since he was little he has always had a servants heart, and I love that. He always wants to give to others and help others, it makes me really proud," S. Speer said.
So far, C. Speer has gathered about 40 toys so far and he wants to raise even more with the public's help and is even willing to buy more toys if need be with his own money.
"If it wasn't for him, wanting to donate these toys just knowing that are some kids that might not have any toys this Christmas," S. Speer said.
C. Speer hopes that this holiday season-others will follow his lead by giving back.
"What I like the most is the thought of about how more people will get a good Christmas. I think that other people should do this so that they can also help people and it does feel good doing it too," C. Speer said.
To help C. Speer with his mission-toy donations are now accepted at Spotted Dog consignment until December 15.
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