Hickory Center Elementary third grader Lucas Leonard got to take a special tour of the Huntertown Fire Department Wednesday. Firefighters say they offered the tour as a "thank you" to Lucas after he sold his toys and donated the money to their department.
"Well, I wanted to give it to a fire department because they have a lot of water bills to pay," says Lucas. "And they need a lot of expensive things to put out the fire."
Lucas enlisted the help of his friend Maddie Sloss, a second grader, to help sell his toys at garage sales. Together, they raised $56.11.
"We put a sign that said 'YARD SALE: GRAND OPENING,'" says Maddie. "I was like, well Lucas, if we do this, people will be really happy with us. And we'll give all the money to the fire department and make the fire department happy."
Lucas and Maddie presented their gift to Huntertown Fire Chief Robert Boren on Tuesday along with a toy fire truck.
"I was taken aback by their generosity," says Chief Boren. "Never in my 23 years of being with this department have I seen a child come here and want to donate money that they've raised."
The Chief says he'll keep the toy fire truck on his desk.
Boren says, "If an 8 and 9 year old are putting everyone else before them, we as older adults need to be doing the same thing."
He presented the kids with their own "challenge coin" to signify them as part of their Huntertown Fire Department family. During Wednesday's tour of the fire station, the alarm sounded, and the kids got to witness firefighters jump into action.
"I was not expecting this to happen!" Lucas exclaims as the firetrucks roll out with blaring sirens.
He and Maddie say they're not done helping others. Lucas says his next mission is to volunteer as a bell ringer to help The Salvation Army.