Millville Teen Collects School Supplies for St. Jude’s

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After collecting crayons and coloring books for sick children at St. Jude’s last year, a local teen is back at it again.

It all started with a curious teenager wondering what St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital was during a trip to Chili’s.

That trip turned into an idea that brought a community together like no one could have predicted.

“Well, last year we went to St. Jude’s [and] we collected crayons and coloring books," said Patti Crockett, Carter’s mother. "We collected 15,000 crayons and 2,500 coloring books and we made the trip down there last year.” 

It’s hard not to get teary eyed. It’s incredible. It’s a gift.

Fast forward a year, and now 16-year-old Carter Crockett will be going into his junior year of high school in the fall.

But before he prepares to head back to class, the autistic teen is making sure sick children at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Tennessee have everything they need for school.

“I thought of school supplies because sometimes the kids there are too sick to go school shopping, but you need school supplies,” said Carter.

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The family spread Carter’s idea throughout the community and they responded with an overwhelming amount of donations.

“I think we’re probably around 500 notebooks, 200 composition books, 200 folders, and I can’t even say — there’s so much stuff here," said Patti. "People have been so, so generous.”

“A lot of people are donating. They’re fantastic," said Carter. "Everybody is super helpful for doing this for me.” 

“It’s hard not to get teary eyed. It’s incredible. It’s a gift,” said Patti.

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From notebooks to erasers, the community made sure to help this family make Carter’s dream of helping those children down at St. Jude’s life a bit easier.

“It’s amazing to watch the community come together for St. Jude’s and my child," said Patti. "It’s incredible to watch people from different areas, different cultures, come together for this reason.” 

“I think it was super awesome seeing all this come to reality, helping out kids in need," said Carter. "It’s perfect.” 

Carter and his mom, along with their two good friends, are planning to head out on Wednesday, August 8th, so they can deliver the many school supplies to St. Jude’s come Friday.

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