Toddler's family donates 70 books to children's hospital

Knox toddler's family donates 70 books to children's hospital patients

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"When they feel better, they'll get to read," Will Scott said. "When they feel better, they'll get to read," Will Scott said.

By LORI TUCKER
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - East Tennessee Children's Hospital got a special donation to help the young patients in its care.

The donation didn't come from big business, but from one little boy who's learning a valuable lesson about giving back from his parents.

Three-and-a-half-year-old Will Scott loves the popular stories of Pete the Cat. "He steps in all kinds of different things like strawberries and mud and blueberries and water," he said.

He and his mom decided to share them with one of Will's friends in cancer treatment at St. Jude because the little girl loved the little blue cat so much.

Will's mom, Allison, decided it was time to expand. "My husband and I saw it as a great opportunity to teach Will about caring for and loving others."

So the family started a lemonade stand over the summer to raise money for more Pete the Cat books.

Remember how hot it was? Let's just say, they sold a lot of lemonade. "We raised close to $700, and we were able to buy 70 books for the hospital," Allison said.

Children's Hospital is thrilled with the shiny new books that help ease the fears of tiny patients.

"When you know there are people in your community as young as this little guy touched his heart that he wanted to something special to make our patients feel better. Life doesn't get better than that," Cheryl Allmon said.

"I'm very proud of Will," his mother said. "I think he definitely understood the business impact of pouring the lemonade, getting the ice, serving his friends. And he also understood he was doing something wonderful for the hospital."

She's right. Will gets it. "When they feel better, they'll get to read," he said.

The Scott family says this is something that will very likely become a tradition for them and for East Tennessee Children's Hospital.

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