Teen's school project helps kids in hospitals cope

- School may be out for the summer but one teen is taking his classroom project to a local hospital. 

Zachary Kirkland is 14-years-old and showed us the bag of goodies and gifts he takes to children at Polk County hospitals.

"In this bag, I got different activities like a water game [and a] coloring book," Zachary said. "I'm hoping that this will make them feel better and hopefully it will get their mind off the hospital and all the different treatments and all that they are going through."

Zachary's mission of good will started as a school project.

"I started researching, looking into stuff. I thought I could actually make this a real thing," Zachary added.

Zachary named his non-profit Silly Socks Saturdays.

"Silly Socks is the different designs of the socks and all that and the Saturdays the routine of when I am delivering the socks,"  Zachary explained.

Zachary's teacher, Kerri Richards says, "I wanted them to see that they don't have to wait until they become an adult to actually do something meaningful."

It's a life lesson Ms. Richards is glad Zachary has learned. He has given more than 60 bags to area hospitals this year.

"I'm just hoping for the kids to be able to smile and be able to say yes, there are people out in the community that cares for them," Zachary said.

The bags are filled with coloring books, toys, and other activities. He gets his ideas on what to buy from hospital patients and staff. If you would like to help Zachary, visit www.sillysocksaturdays.com

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