When a 12-year-old Griffin student saw the Angle Tree and the local Walmart he was overcome with emotion.
Matthew Morris couldn't believe that young children were asking Santa Clause for necessities like underwear and socks.
"I was sad and I broke down. There is no reason for anybody in world to have to ask for things such as underwear and socks," Matthew said. "Children should be asking for toys at Christmas."
The Griffin Christian Academy seventh grader decided to find a way to help the children get clothes and toys. He sold his TV and many of his own toys to raise money. He raised about $300.
But when he took his plea for help to Facebook and YouTube, the donations started pouring in. As of Wednesday he had raised an additional $1,500.
"I was amazed because so many people were helping," Matthew said. "That is more than anything I've ever asked for. I thank them for that."
Matthew's parents Aaron and Melanie Morris said they taught their son to always think of others first.
"Obviously he's better at that than I could have ever hoped to imagine," Melanie Morris said.
It turns out Matthew has a deeper connection to the children in need.
"We used to live in a tight money situation. And it was really hard. I know what that's like," Matthew said.
The family will accept donation of new toys and clothes up until Friday morning.
They plan to take those donated items to the Salvation Army on Friday
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