When Nolan Adams was just 7-years-old, he took matters into his own hands when he discovered that children in hospitals are not as fortunate as him during the holidays.
While driving with his parent’s four years ago to visit his grandparents in Sioux City, South Dakota, Nolan heard a radio ad for Sanford Children’s Hospital.
“So I asked my mom and dad, ‘How many gifts do the kids in the children’s hospital get?’ and they’re like, ‘Not really as much as you. Fewer than you,’” Nolan, now 11, told KSFY.
His father, Jason Adams, said that his son wanted to get a couple presents for the children so they could have them on Christmas. Together, they went to a store and bought a toy truck and a stuffed frog, which they dropped off at the hospital.
But Nolan didn’t stop there. Over the years he’s continued his acts of kindness and managed to donate 176 gifts this holiday season.
“I want them to forget about what’s gonna happen next and I just want them to forget about all that and live a normal, happy life,” he said. “It’s really heartwarming and it makes me feel good about myself, and me and my grandma say, ‘It’s better to give than to receive.”
His mother, Trish Adams, couldn’t be prouder of her son.
“He says he wants to do it forever, so as long as we’re alive, we’ll help him,” she told KSFY.