Puerto Rico’s recovery has been slow-moving, but the outpouring of helping hands has remained on the rise. Donors across the globe are raffling items for funds and pledging hoarded supplies to get people on their feet. While the devastated country is slipping from headlines, some, like Jayden Perez, refuse to give up. To help Puerto Rican kids, the 8-year-old is collecting toys, and has scored over a thousand in just two weeks.
Kids lost a lot of their toys, and now they don’t have any,” Jayden tells the camera [in a Facebook post]. “So can you donate one toy, from the bottom of my heart and the bottom of your heart?”
According to Perez’s mother Ana Rosado, the family has also raised a sum of more than $6,000. Describing the selfless act as holiday cheer may now be an understatement.
“I think it’s a great experience for Jayden to see what these kids have gone through and the smile that he’s going to bring to them when he gives them the toys,” Rosado said.
The family will venture out onto the island to personally distribute the toys. Santa better watch out — there’s a new one in town!