5-Year-Old Donates Thousands of Toys to Hospital on Birthday
The goodness of American can be found everywhere – even in 5-year-olds.
Weston Newswanger has been cancer-free for two years. He’s been through plenty of treatment in his young life, so you couldn’t blame him for wanting lots of toys on his fifth birthday.
Instead, he chose to give some away.
When his mother, Amy, asked him what he wanted for his big day on September 26, his response wasn’t a typical one.
“I don’t need anything,” Weston told his mom. “I want playdough and dinosaurs to give to the children at the hospital.”
The hospital – Hershey Med Children’s Hospital in Pennsylvania – is where Weston spent a year in treatment. It’s also where Child Life, a hospital program, helps to prepare children and families for the stress of health problems and hospital stays. It acquires donations of all kinds for patients that range from infants to teens.
Child Life said they’d happily welcome Weston’s donations, according to a story in Newsweek. So Amy used her social media feed to make a plea for toys that she’d pick up or encourage anyone to ship to her home.
“Weston has such a big heart and I want to make this a moment he won’t forget,” Amy wrote on her social media feed.
As it turns out, plenty of others in the Newswanger’s community also have big hearts.
Weston collected exactly 1,263 tubs of Play-Doh, 1,249 dinosaurs and dozens of superhero action figures. Amy posted several images with Weston in a car packed full of the gifts.
“We dropped everything off this morning and Child Life said this year they have already given out over 3,000 containers of Play-Doh,” Amy wrote. “Thank you so much for making Weston’s birthday donation such a huge success!”