It’s a time where many children are looking forward to opening gifts on Christmas Day. One 11-year-old boy, however, had a different idea in mind.
Jaxson Turner of Plano, Texas, chose to forgo a wish list this year. Instead, he worked to bring Christmas gifts to homeless children.
“The idea is that Santa would always give me everything on my Christmas list, and this year my Christmas wish is to be able to help others who are in need,” Jaxson told KTVT.
Jaxson and his mother, LaKeicee Turner, have raised over $5,000 in donations for gifts for homeless kids. Once the dozens of presents were ready, they were to be brought to the Samaritan Inn homeless center in McKinney for a party on Saturday, where homeless kids could get a Christmas present.
“They’re in need more than us, and their parents can’t afford for them to have a Christmas, and I don’t want them to suffer,” Jaxson said.
“The only thing I want is to be able to help and see the smiles on their faces, and that’s the best Christmas gift I can ever get.”
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Famous Footwear also donated $500, which means that Jaxson was able to buy shoes for all the kids at the Samaritan Inn.
For Jaxson, this is the real joy of Christmas.
“Me and my Mommy were over here screaming and crying,” he said, recalling when he saw that people were making donations.
On his fundraiser’s GoFundMe page, Jaxson made his plans clear.
“I would like to raise enough money to provide a Christmas Dinner, games, music, gifts, face painting, & hopefully Santa can show up a little early with me,” he wrote.
“I know that Christmas is about celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, which we will do, but it never hurts to add some smiles to those who are homeless and less fortunate as we spread smiles & love. God loves when we help each other.”
Jaxson told the news station that he wants to make God proud with his efforts.
“God likes whenever you help each other, and I just want to make God proud,” Jaxson said with a smile.
He’s definitely made his mom proud.
“He gets it. Jaxson just, he gets it,” she said.
“I’m excited to see the joy on his face as he selflessly passes up Christmas for himself. And that’s huge.”
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