Metro boy spends birthday donating toys to children at St. Jude' - KCTV5

Metro boy spends birthday donating toys to children at St. Jude's

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Ryder used the money to buy 250 toys, video games, board games and movies. (KCTV5) Ryder used the money to buy 250 toys, video games, board games and movies. (KCTV5)
But it wasn’t until their shopping extravaganza began, that Ryder realized the community had donated nearly $3,000. (KCTV5) But it wasn’t until their shopping extravaganza began, that Ryder realized the community had donated nearly $3,000. (KCTV5)
Southwest Airlines learned of Ryder’s idea and offered to check all the toys for free. (KCTV5) Southwest Airlines learned of Ryder’s idea and offered to check all the toys for free. (KCTV5)
When Ryder arrived, he made the kids day. (KCTV5) When Ryder arrived, he made the kids day. (KCTV5)
MEMPHIS, TN (KCTV) -

A metro boy is back at home after a weekend trip celebrating his birthday.

However, unlike most 11-year-olds, he went to give gifts rather than receive them.

In March, KCTV5 covered a story about Ryder Clay’s decision to buy toys for kids at St. Jude’s Hospital in Memphis, TN.

He went around his neighborhood, doing chores and yard work to raise money.

Finally, over the weekend, he and his mother traveled from Kansas City, MO, to deliver them on his birthday.

But Ryder had no idea just how big of a project this would become.

That’s because Ryder’s mom surprised him with this GoFundMe account.

She got it up and running after KCTV5’s original story aired.

“I like to help people cause I like to make people smile,” Ryder said.

But it wasn’t until their shopping extravaganza began, that Ryder realized the community had donated nearly $3,000. His original goal was $1,000.

Ryder used the money to buy 250 toys, video games, board games and movies.

“I feel really happy for them. To just think, for a little bit, that I actually got a toy and not think I’m sick, I have cancer,” Ryder said.

Ryder and his mom packed up the car and took off for St. Jude's.

When Ryder arrived, he made the kids day. He described the trip as life changing and was even honored with a pin, given to special celebrities by St. Jude's.  

“It makes me really proud as a mom to see him want to help other people,” Ryder’s mother said.

For those wondering how Ryder was able to get 250 toys all the way to Memphis, he got some help. Southwest Airlines learned of Ryder’s idea and offered to check all the toys for free.

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