Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Toastworthy Teens - Jeffrey Stanton

Jeffrey Stanton, Jeffrey's Toy Closet

Jeffrey Stanton doesn’t wait for Christmas to play Santa; through his charity, he delivers toys to girls and boys in need all year long. 

And even though Jeffrey may be only 14 years old, Jeffrey’s Toy Closet has given out more than 16,000 toys (!) in the 6 years (!) he’s been at work.

Jeffrey does this simply because the looks on the kids’ faces are “just so awesome,” but there’s a little more to his story; not only was he born with autism, but when he was 2 years old and his mother was undergoing chemotherapy and battling Lupus, a near-death experience at work put his father in intensive care for 4 months. That year, Bob and Elizabeth Dole brought Jeffrey the Christmas gifts his family couldn’t afford, so the Stantons know what it’s like to be on the receiving end of great generosity as well. 

And let’s see – Jeffrey’s paid that gift forward 16,000 times! “Just so awesome” sounds just about right. ;)

See Jeffrey’s work firsthand here:

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