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Child trades presents to help the homeless

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Posted at 7:56 AM, Dec 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-23 14:41:54-05

A local six-year-old will not be getting any Christmas presents this year, instead he chose to use the money to help those less fortunate.

One day Alex asked his mother if a vagrant had a home to go to and became upset when he found out he did not. Alex said he wanted to do something to help and his mother said he had to choose between Christmas presents for himself or giving to those in need.

The boy first asked if they could do both, but his mother Machelle Hovater said she only had enough money for one or the other.

Alex chose to give to the homeless. The family packed paper bags with basics, like food and jackets along with a note that read, "My name is Alex, and I am six years old. This year I decided to donate my Christmas presents to buy some comforts for people in need. I know it's not much, but I hope it puts a smile on your face this Christmas."

Then together they handed them out. Men in wheelchairs expressed gratitude for the kind gesture and Alex was all smiles too.

For his efforts, Alex was nominated for the Charlotte Bacon Act of Kindness Award. Bacon was one of the Sandy Hook victims.

And if you're worried about him getting presents, it's safe to say Alex is on the nice list and will be getting some gifts from Santa.