Niswonger Children's Hospital gets biggest toy donation of year
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - Today, Niswonger Children's Hospital received its biggest toy donation of the year.
It's all thanks to a 10-year-old boy who's making sure kids at the hospital have something to open on Christmas Day.
His name is Avery Armstrong. He beat leukemia years ago and now is giving back to his community.
"I've been in the hospital over the holidays, and I just feel like the kids need something to play with," said Avery.
For the past four years, he's been collecting toys around the Tri-Cities.
"They have to be new, un-opened toys. They can be Hot Wheels cars, big toys, anything," he explained.
This year he collected more than 3,000 toys-- his largest donation to date.
Hospital officials say the toys bring joy to the patients when they need it the most.
"Often times the toys are so unexpected. Toys are the last thing the kids think we're coming into the room for. So, when it's not medicine, when it's not a needle or a poke, and it's something fun for them, they just light up," said Child Life Manager, Amanda Ward.
And they can't thank Avery enough for all he does.
"We considered Avery a hero from the beginning when he went through treatment himself. But now that he's growing and maturing and giving back to the community, he's still a hero in our eyes," said Ward.
If you would like to donate to the hospital, they're still in need of gifts for teens this year.