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Elkview Girl Overcomes Hardship To Continue Mission Of Helping Others

Reported by: Send eMail Dave Benton
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Dec. 7, 2013 11:19 PM EST
Updated: Dec. 7, 2013 11:38 PM EST

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Giving Back
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Elkview , Kanawha County , West Virginia

One girl in our region continues to make a difference around the holidays in a special way, but, this year, the circumstance surrounding her generosity is a little different.

It's become a tradition for Nikki Schoolcraft of Elkview, a little girl who thinks of other children before herself.

“I saved up a bunch of money to buy toys,” she said. “I'm going to give them all away, so kids could have a good Christmas.”

But Nikki didn't think she'd be able to play secret Santa for needy children. Nikki had saved a lot of money, but, when her home caught fire back in March, she lost everything, including the money she'd saved. People in the community helped Nikki and her family out, which is why it's even more important for her to give back this year.”

"Since people helped me out when I had a fire at the trailer, this will be amazing, because I know I could help them out, when they helped me out," Nikki said.

Nikki saved up more than $150 from her chores and went to Family Dollar in Elkview on Saturday. Since March, she had raised $156. Just like in years past, she brought the toys to the Eyewitness News studio lobby and gave them to the Tower of Toys.

“It makes me feel good, because, on Christmas morning I know everyone's going to have a good Christmas,” she said.

The little girl with a big heart is making a difference for others.

“It makes me feel wonderful, like I did a good job raising her,” Nikki’s mother, Robin Schoolcraft, said. “You don't see many kids like her these days.”

You still have time to help with our toy drive. New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off to either our Charleston or Huntington studios through this Friday. Toys can also be dropped off at the sponsor locations. All items collected will be donated to kids in need through the Union Mission.



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