By Kristen Johnson, Multimedia Journalist/ Weekend Anchor - bio | email
ONAWA, Iowa (KTIV) -
Five-year-old Chance Richards is like any little boy. He loves to play with fire trucks, super heroes, and have mom read to him. One story weighed heavier than his usual bedtime books.
Mom Skye, told Chance about Alex Scott, a little girl who brought attention to her own battle with cancer, inspiring others her age.
"She started a lemonade stand when she was four, which is how old Chance was, that's why I was reading it to him," Richards explained. "He said, ‘what can I do to make sure that these kids don't die.'"
Last summer, Chance ran two lemonade stands, raising a thousand dollars.
"The money to get medicine for her," said Chance, forgetting that Scott lost her cancer fight. Money raised the lemonade stand did go to pediatric cancer research.
"I thought wow that's the first time I've ever seen a little guy do a project like that," recalled Chance's preschool teacher Louise McCall.
But, Chance didn't stop there.
"Chance is pretty empathetic. He's got a lot of compassion," pointed out his mother.
Watching the Ellen show with mom, he saw a story about a school for homeless children. This time, he was inspired to collect blankets for kids in need in his hometown.
"A hundred was kind of our goal," said Richards.
People in town heard about the blanket collection, and began donating other items, like bears and books.
"Donated for kids not with blankets," Chance explained.
The blankets will be given out to children on Saturday, December 22nd from at Skye's the Limit Massage in downtown Onawa, Iowa. The address is 922 10th Street.
The Richards' say no questions will be asked, anyone who has a child that needs a blanket can take one while supplies last.
Playing Santa, Chance rolled up each of the 175 blankets donated from as far away as Florida.
"He said, he understood why Santa only worked one day a year, because it's a lot of work," laughed Richards.
For this five year old, the work may just be beginning.
"It is exciting. It's one of those sides of their character that you hope they are encouraged to build," McCall said.
His mom hopes to in still in him, "…to give back and try to be the best that he can be," said Richards.
Lessons that take many of us years to learn, this little guy already has a head start on.
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