LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — An ailing 10-year-old boy delivered more than 600 toys, along with a $500 check, to Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA on Tuesday.
Casey Abrams, who suffers from a rare progressive and degenerative disease of his intestines, has organized the 4th annual toy drive that began at 2 p.m. at the Chase Child Life playroom at the hospital.
Abrams has been a frequent patient at UCLA since birth and decided, when he was six years old, that he wanted to give the other kids at the hospital a memorable holiday. Every Christmas since, he has organized the toy drive.
“I just want to see all the happy faces, and hopefully that will take some of the pain away,” Casey said.
The donated toys were collected from community members, local Brownie troops, the Lost Cruizer’zz Car Club and the SoCal Challengers Car Club.
“I think we had almost three hundred toys the first year,” said. “And this year, we have over six hundred.” Casey’s mother Rachel Vollmer said.
Casey had to lay down and rest several times throughout the donation process on Tuesday, but he didn’t let it stop him from seeing it through.
“I like to think for other kids, because when I’m in the hospital, it makes me think of all the other kids that are sick in the hospital during the holidays, and I just want to make them feel good.”