San Jose boy seeks donations for Marine Corps Toys for Tots program

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A San Jose boy has been hard at work collecting donations for the Marine's Toys for Tots program. (KGO-TV)

If you are looking for some hope today, we have someone we think you should meet. At a time of year when a lot of kids are so focused on what they can get, this is a story of a boy focused on what he can give.

Almost 100,000 toys are heading out to charities in Santa Clara County from the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. It takes a lot of work to do this and one San Jose boy is doing more than his part.

You can tell Joey Childs isn't like most 11-year-olds. Just watch him handle a fork lift at his parent's business, Silicon Valley Moving and Storage in San Jose. But if you really want to be impressed, check out what he's done for the Marine's Toys for Tots program.

"This year I think I've collected maybe about 150. Last year I did about 250," said Joey Childs.

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"Oh, we're proud of him. He's a hard worker. He's been a hard worker since he was two," said Cheri Childs, mother.

Joey has been doing his toy drive since he was six-years-old. How does he do it? The 5th grader starts in September by making his flyer.

"I print out a lot of them and I go street by street door to door and I talk to people and tell them what it's about. And that's how I do it," said Joey.

"That's very dedicated," said ABC7's Matt Keller.

"It's hard work, but it pays off," said Joey.

Donations roll in, and he delivers every year for the past five years. It's something that's caught the attention of the brass at the Marine Corps Reserve Center in San Jose.

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"You know it's cool coming in here you get to see the base. You get to see the Marines. I learned how to salute the right way," said Joey.

"I think he has some good discipline. I think he has a good base there for that. I think he'll be an outstanding Marine if he chooses to take that path," said Staff Sergeant Timothy Stevens, U.S. Marine Corps Reserves.

"And he knows how to salute now apparently?" asked Keller.

"Yes he does, yes he does," said Staff Sergeant Timothy Stevens, U.S. Marine Corps Reserves.

Joey is still collecting toys, he has his special email address joey@siliconvalleymoving.com for people looking to donate.

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