Toting bags of toys, 9-year-old brings holiday joy to kids at Children’s Mercy

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A nine-year-old boy is giving back in a big way. Reece Davis played Santa Claus for the day and his first stop was Children's Mercy Hospital.

Rolling in on his sleigh, Reece and his dad, Lon Davis, carried in bags of toys. Reece calls Children's Mercy his second home. He spent his first Christmas in the hospital fighting cancer.

Reece was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma at two months old. Now that he's in remission, he's trying to spread a little holiday cheer.

"I have heard that some kids don't have parents here and so they can't play with stuff," said Reece.

The third grader started a toy drive this year and it soon became a group effort.

"We told my friends, they told their friends, and they all helped by donating," he said.

In two weeks, almost 90 toys were collected, from popular Frozen dolls to stuffed animals

"I'm very proud of him. He shopped for a lot of people who donated money and picked out things that not only he would like, but what he thinks other kids, all different ages, what they would like," said Lon.

In less than a decade, Reece has spent more than 100 nights at Children's Mercy. He knows how hard it is to spend Christmas in the hospital so he's hoping the presents might keep the Grinch away.

"I hope this is the start of a tradition," Lon said.

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