Be the Change: Donating books to children in the hospital

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - Being hospitalized during the holidays is usually a grim chapter in a child's life, but this pre-schooler is helping sick kids turn the page into a Merry Christmas.

Five-year-old Heath Wetzler says he loves two things: playing and reading books.

Heath Wetzler says, "I like reading books because I like them."

Heath says he's excited for Christmas, but even this little guy knows it's not fun to be stuck in a hospital bed during the holidays.

Hidie Wetzler, Heath's mom, says, "His older sister was in the hospital back this early Spring, and we lost her from a brain aneurysm so I'm going to assume that's where he got the idea, but he won't tell me."

That's why he wants to donate books to kids who have to spend Christmas away from home.

He's currently collecting money, and then he and his mom will deliver brand new books to Regional Hospital a few days before Christmas.

Katrina Lim asks, "Why do you think books will make them happy?"

Heath Wetzler says, "I want to give books to kids in the hospital because I want to make them happy everyday because they don't get Christmas."

Although it's not quite the same as being ill, Heath's mom says she understands what it's like to be away from the fun during holidays.

Hidie Wetzler says, "I work a lot of holidays so we just kind of do our holidays before or after, but it does make me grateful that I can choose to be with my family on the holidays."

She also added she's glad to have a caring son who thinks of others.

Hidie Wetzler says, "I thought it was pretty thoughtful and sweet. I thought I must be doing something right raising him for him to come up with that on his own."

For every dollar Heath raises, Usborne Books will match the donation by 50 percent.

If you'd like to donate, contact Heath's mom Hidie Wetzler via Facebook message by December 12th.

Whether they're big or small, if they're making a difference in the community, please let me know by sending an email katrinal@blackhillsfox.com.