Hometown Heroes 2018: Carter CrockettLast Edited:
CUMBERLAND COUNTY, N.J.—Carter Crockett, at 15 years old, has already dedicated his life to community service—and made headlines in the process. After a family dinner at Chili’s a few years ago, Carter asked his mother “What is St. Jude’s?” as he noticed the restaurant was doing a benefit for the children’s hospital. When she answered him, his response was, “that’s awesome but also very sad.”
He never forgot the hospital and last year decided to help St. Jude’s in a big way. Carter began spreading his message to family and friends: He was looking for coloring books and crayon donations to give to St. Jude’s patients. With the help of Chili’s as a sponsor, he collected coloring books, crayons, gift cards, and Play-Doh. When all the donations were in, he and a family friend hopped in an RV and set out for the hospital in Memphis, TN.
Carter says, “I’m putting my autism on the side so I can help them.” So far, he’s given 1,500 coloring books and about 15,000 crayons. He and his family are planning another trip to St. Jude’s in June.
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