Hometown Hero Encourages Others to "Share a Heart"

MARSHFIELD, Mo. -- He sells Big Macs and has a very big heart.

A young Marshfield man is raising money once a again for a cause that's close to him.

If you spend several minutes with TJ Slocum, you can see he wears his heart on his sleeve.

"I love my parents so much. I love my dad, my mom, my sister, my grandma and my sister's boyfriend."

And as it turns out, this Marshfield McDonald's employee's got a lot of love from a lot of people.

"He raises more and more hearts every year," says Randy Slocum, TJ's dad.

Taking a break from turning fries, TJ sells these paper hearts as part of the "Share a Heart" campaign, which benefits the Ronald McDonald Houses in Springfield.

"TJ's around all the time. We love seeing TJ," says Adrienne McCoy with Ronald McDonald House Charities. "It helps with all of the families who have to travel far to be with their child while they're in the hospital."

It's money TJ knows goes to a good cause, because he's been there.

"I stayed at the Ronald McDonald House."

And his heart has been through nine surgeries.

"This year he has a goal of 11,000 hearts," adds Randy. He says the donations lining the restaurant's windows are a true testament of his son's heart. "I'm proud that he's willing to take the time to go out and do this."

A young man whose heart keeps beating with love.

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