Teen with Autism Collects 15,000 Crayons and 1,500 Coloring Books For Children's Hospital

The family drove to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in Memphis earlier in the month to personally hand off the donations.

A 15-year-old with autism has collected an astounding number of crayons and coloring books to help sick kids in the hospital.

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Carter Crockett of New Jersey came up with the idea after his mom, Patti, took him out to dinner one night and the restaurant was raising money for St Jude's Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

“I brought Carter to Chili’s for dinner and they were doing their annual fundraiser for St. Jude’s. He said: ‘What’s St. Jude’s? Why are we here tonight? And I said: ‘Well, St. Jude’s is a hospital for kids who have cancer,” she told InsideEdition.com.

“He said: ‘Mom, I want to do something.’ Months had gone by and I didn’t think of it. Next thing you know, he said I watched some of the videos for St. Jude’s and I want to do something for these kids.”

She suggested bringing color into their lives and her son then came up with the idea of collecting crayons and coloring books.

After posting her son’s idea to Facebook, donations started coming. The restaurant chain pitched in, too.

“Every time we stopped at a Chili’s, it was like Carter was a king. They treated him so fabulous,” she said.

“Well it makes me feel proud to do such an important job,” he said. “I feel proud to do such an important job for St. Jude’s and all the kids there. Just because you have autism doesn’t mean you can’t help. Anyone can help.”

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The family drove to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis earlier this month to deliver the donations.

“Great thanks to everyone who helped make my dream come true,” he said.

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