By: Bill Schammert
Dozens of families are getting a special holiday treat, all because of the generosity of one Lincoln 7th grader.
With the help of Santa, some volunteers and the Hasbro toy company, 12-year-old My'Kah Knowlin organized a special holiday gift-giving event at Hartley Elementary on Monday night.
Hasbro donated $100 and 100 toys for Knowlin to give, but for her, that wasn't enough. She helped raise hundreds of more dollars and spent her Black Friday buying more toys for the event.
"I always saw kids who didn't get one Christmas present, or maybe any, and I've just wanted to give them mine," Knowlin said.
She's been giving back since she was five years old. She started her company, Boxes of Love, a few years ago and has helped victims of several disasters, including tornadoes in Joplin, KS and Moore, OK.
"It's always been part of me, I don't know what I would do if I wasn't giving back."
At Monday's event, dozens of kids wrote letters, told Mr. and Mrs. Clause their Christmas wishes, then walked away with 2-to-3 gifts a piece.
"My four–year–old woke up this morning, first thing she did, she jumped up and said 'Yay! It's my Christmas party day, I get to see Santa Clause,'" mom Nadine Pearson said.
Pearson was just one of many parents with several kids waiting in line for Santa.
"It's heartwarming to know she's out there doing this at such a young age," said father Fred Godinez.
Knowlin raised more than 220 gifts for needy children. Everything she didn't give away on Monday, will go to other needy students in Lincoln.