South Dakota Boy Donates 176 Gifts to Children's Hospital

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Four years ago, Nolan Adams and his family were driving to Sioux City to visit his grandma.

"An advertisement came on the radio about the Children's Hospital."

“I asked my mom and dad, 'how many gifts do the kids in the children's hospital get?' And they're like, 'not really as much you, fewer than you," Nolan says.

So Nolan decided to take action.

"He wanted to get a couple presents for the kids here staying here in the hospital so they could have some presents for Christmas, so we went and grabbed some at a store here in town," father Jason Adams says.

"I got a toy truck and a stuffed animal frog," Nolan says.

"Brought them over here and dropped them off for him," Jason says.

That first year started with just two gifts the Adams family picked up themselves, but Nolan's project has taken off since then.

"Next year I think we had 50 presents or so and last year we had 75.

This year..

"176 gifts that we brought in today," Nolan says.

Nolan says these kids should not have to think about the battles they're facing this time of the year.

"I want them to forget about what's gonna happen next and I just want them forget about all that and live a normal happy life," Nolan says.

He says the Christmas season is a time to do something special for others.

"It's really heartwarming and it makes me feel good about myself and me and my grandma say, 'it's better to give than receive," Nolan says.

"He says he wants to do it forever, so as long as we're alive, we'll help him," mother Trisha Adams says.

During his visit, Nolan was able to hand out presents to two children who are spending the holiday in the hospital, as well as one of their siblings.

(Erika Leigh, KSFY for CNN)


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