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Young Man Shows Compassion To Sick Children

Reported: Feb. 22, 2014 4:19 PM EST
Updated: Feb. 22, 2014 11:13 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Katy Brown) -- You always hear, "It's better to give than to receive," and one little boy is proving he knows that to be true.

Stephanie Chapman's son, Andrew, 7, spent his Saturday giving back to his community, visiting sick children at CAMC Women and Children's hospital in Charleston and surprised them with presents.

"He has a huge heart to give to others," Stephanie said. "He wants to see a smile on their faces. In my eyes, he's a hero."

Andrew came up with the idea around the time of his seventh birthday. His parents asked him what he wanted for presents and Andrew said he did not want anything.

He told his parents, "I have you. I have dad, my family, my health," so Andrew decided to give.

With donations from the Disney Store, Build-A-Bear, friends and, not to mention the toys he picked out himself, Andrew had a ton of toys to give away Saturday.

"It's crazy how many toys I have," Andrew said. "I just went to the store and bought anything."

Batman gave Andrew the "Be a Hero Award."

Batman told Andrew it "might only be a piece of paper, but the award read "Andrew is on Batman's radar," and he is part of Batman's team, which helps children in the community.

"I hope the parents understand that he's a caring little boy that he may not be sick, he may not be ill," Stephanie said. "But he cares for them. It's not just a gift. It's love."

Andrew plans to continue donating toys to hospitalized children. Stephanie said Andrew is also saving up to donate to the American Heart Association, all actions Andrew and his parents should definitely be proud of.



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