Twelve-year-old Dillon Schmidt of Ireland was moved to help others less fortunate than himself after seeing an ad on TV about Team Hope, an Irish nonprofit that helps vulnerable children overseas. Due to the pandemic, Team Hope’s Christmas Shoebox Campaign, which provides shoeboxes filled with gifts to children in Africa and Eastern Europe, had to be re-designed and moved online. Dillon spontaneously decided to go on a read-a-thon to raise awareness and funds for Team Hope. He read 20 books in 20 hours. His parents, meanwhile, let friends and family know about Dillon’s read-a-thon and encouraged them to make donations. The Schmidts have no idea about how many shoeboxes have been filled because of Dillon’s read-a-thon. “He’s not doing it to look good or anything. It really was a sincere thing of wanting to help children.”

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