NKY boy aims to collect 1,000 toys for children in the hospital at Christmas
MASON COUNTY, Ky. (WKRC) - An 8-year-old in Mason County, Kentucky, wants 1,000 toys this Christmas, but not for himself.
Logan Lands started collecting toys for kids at the Kentucky Children's Hospital two years ago. He calls his toy drive The Smile Wagon. His big idea came to him when he was 5.
"Some kids don't get a lot of presents and other people have to give them those presents and make them really happy," said Logan.
He watched people on TV donate toys to kids who needed them.
"We're going to get all these toys and donate it to the children in the hospital. I want to do that!" said Logan.
That's how The Smile Wagon was created.
"Maybe instead of wheelchairs, they can have more fun and go around in wagons instead," said Logan.
His first year collecting, his goal was 100 toys. His first grade class helped him donate more than 500. The next year, he donated more than 700. This year, he wants to donate 1,000.
Now, there's nothing stopping him.
"I'm going to do this until I can't anymore," said Logan.
Logan's parents, Marcus and Cindy Lands, are proud of their son. Cindy said a couple weeks ago, he got to see his donations inside the hospital.
"He saw kids in wagons, and, I mean, he stood there in the middle of Children's and there's just tears streaming down his face, and, like, he actually got to see what they're used for," said Cindy.
"They don't get to go see all their family, their grandparents, their uncles and aunts. That's a little sad," said Logan.
"Yes, he has his own list of things he wants and needs, but the other day, he's like, 'Mom, maybe I should just ask Santa for toys to give to the kids at the hospital," said Cindy.
With every new toy in the collection box, another kid has something to smile about this year.
"It's better to give on Christmas, not to get," said Logan.
If you want to donate, you can check out the wish list on The Smile Wagon Facebook page. Because of hospital requirements, the toys need to be new and in original packaging. The Facebook page also has toy drop-off locations.