McLane Children's Medical Center's annual toy drive ends Friday, Dec. 16th.
One local veteran hopes to lead by example and encourage his own children and community members to donate their time and toys.
"After leaving the military, which is kind of a servant's role in a sense, I had felt a kind of a void, I needed to do something. And so, I love kids. I've got three wonderful kids and so I looked to the Children's hospital as somewhere to find a home, and they gave it to me," Guy Slimp said.
Guy Slimp volunteers his time to hang out with kids on the 5th and 6th floors of McLane Children's when their parents are unable to be there or need to step out to run an errand.
"No kid ever dreams of being in the hospital, and being on Christmas day just makes it 10 times worse," Slimp added.
So, Slimp encourages others, especially his own children, to understand the importance of volunteering and donating what you can to help make a difference in someone else's life.
"We all have more than we need, most of us, have way more than we need, and we can all do without a little more during the holidays," Slimp said.
Slimp's son, 7-year-old, Hudson, is following in his father's footsteps. Hudson raised $300 by selling stationery to buy toys and donated them all to the McLane Children's toy drive.
"Obviously, there is nothing that makes me more proud," Slimp said. "I try to impress that upon him and another reason of volunteering is to set that example. It just shows he's placing others before himself which is what we want him to do."
If you would like to donate, it is not too late.
Donations are accepted in person or online at toydrive.sw.org.
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