It’s only October, but a Wolcott boy is getting into the holiday spirit and trying to make sure kids in the hospital can still have some holiday cheer.
Noah Greaney is only 5 years old, but he’s hoping to make a world of difference for kids facing a challenge he went through when he was younger. He’s off to a great start.
Christmas is just about two months away, but if Greaney has his way, every child in one Connecticut hospital will have a special gift.
“I’m trying to make a toy drive for the sick kids in the hospital at Yale,” he said.
The 5-year-old is leading a toy drive to benefit the children who will spend the holidays at Yale New haven Hospital. He has a special reason – he was once one of them.
“I was sick in the hospital when I was a baby, So I want to give back,” he told NBC Connecticut.
When he was just 3.5 weeks old, he had to have emergency surgery to solve an intestinal issue, and spent his first December 25 in a hospital bed. He still keeps the teddy bear given to him that Christmas by his side.
“I want the toys to make them feel excited… and happy,” he said.
He and his mother have placed boxes around the Wolcott area so the public can join in and drop off their own donations.
“We put it on face book… and we put the boxes in wrapping paper,” he explained.
They say it’s better to give than receive, something Greaney has obviously learned early in life. Now he’s hoping to spread that cheer and his big bright smile to as many new friends as he can.
“That’s gonna mean I feel like I did something good,” he said. LM: That makes you feel special right? NG: Yeah.
Greaney wants to collect 200 toys in all. So far, they have about 30.
To donate, you can visit one of the drop-off locations below or call the Toy Drive Hotline.
The Summit at Plantsville
261 1Summit Street
Plantsville, CT 06479
Plymouth Glass & Mirror
142 east Main Street
Thomaston, CT 06787
1786 Meriden Road
Wolcott, CT 06716
Toy Drive Hotline 203-704-6081