Boy who created homemade flyer asking for holiday donations ends up collecting 165 gifts for children in need
Good deeds benefit more than just the person receiving them – they also benefit the person giving and even watching the good deeds. We’ll explain later…
You see, generosity is thankfully contagious, and one little boy from Kentucky was feeling extra generous this holiday season, as he helped local families in need in a heartwarming way.
Ludlow police said Braxton Gillespie, a third grade student at Ludlow Elementary, wanted to help them with their toy drive, so he created his own little flyer asking people to donate toys.
This homemade flyer definitely wouldn’t be considered pretty, but you would look at it and smile, knowing that there was someone out there trying to make the world a better place using the tools and skill they have.
His handmade flyer reads, “Please donate toys! I’m helping collect for (the) Ludlow Police Department. I want to fill my mom’s van with toys to help kids have a merry Christmas! #Braxtonsmission #spreadingcheer.”
Police said with the help of his parents, family and friends, Braxton was able to collect 165 gifts for children and families in need – incredible!
Police Chief, Scott Smith, was so impressed with Braxton’s efforts that he invited the boy and his mother to a city council meeting where he thanked him for his generosity, and presented him with a certificate of appreciation.
Humans naturally want to help others, and believe or not, it’s actually in our biology to be encouraged to help each other.
It’s called oxytocin (the happiness drug) and it’s naturally occurring in all of us. Oxytocin is what gets released when you do good on to others.
But it doesn’t stop there – oxytocin also gets released when we are the receiver of a good deed too – and to take it one step further, it also gets released when we witness good deeds as well.
This is the exact reason why so many people jump in to help when someone like Braxton implements a good community initiative – because it makes them feel good.