Youngster spreads Christmas cheer

Seth (12) is organising a Christmas toy drive for those who are doing it tough during the pandemic. Photo by Damjan Janevski. 221427_01

Jessica Micallef

Twelve-year-old Seth is putting the needs of others before himself this Christmas.

The youngster is organising a Christmas toy drive to help families who may have done it tough during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mum Tegan Cottell said Seth was inspired to give the gift of giving this festive season after watching a Christmas movie.

“We we were watching a Christmas movie and they were doing a school charity drive and that gave him the idea to do a toy drive,” she said.

“My son has always been very humble and very supportive of people that are doing it tougher than him.

“We usually go into the city every Christmas and the kids would use their pocket money to buy food for people who are experiencing homelessness.”

Seth will be collecting toys at Sunbury’s Clarke Oval on December 5 and 6 before he wraps the toys and gives them away for free on December 13.

“We are hoping people will go through their cupboards and donate toys,” Ms Cottell said.

“Seth will clean them up, wrap them and label them based on gender and age.

“There is no judgement. If anyone needs to get a toy, there are no questions asked.”

Seth will also donate any left over gifts to the Sunbury Salvation Army and Careworks.

“I am really proud of him,” Ms Cottell said.

“He’s a pretty caring boy. Watching the news all year and seeing how COVID-19 has affected everybody has really opened up the kids to how tough people can do it and it doesn’t discriminate.”

To donate a toy, visit Clarke Oval, 21-43 Riddell Road, Sunbury on December 5 and 6 between 11am-2pm.

Toys can be collected at the oval on December 13 between 11am-2pm.