ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - Christmas is just days away and the spirit of giving runs deep for a local man. He says he's driven to make the holidays special for children in need. Students at Herzog Pilot Academy line up to get an early Christmas. It's all the work of Rickey Whittington. Today he made sure the pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and first graders all received a brand new toy or bike. “I love doing what I do, I love doing it from the heart. I was a kid that grew up without so I love giving back.”
Whittington works a full time job, but for the past twelve years he has used his vacation days and his own money to make children happy. Maurean Terry is excited about the telescope he received. “I`m going to play with it when I get home.”
The R. Whittington Foundation reaches out to children in hospitals, adoption agencies, and local schools. Whittington expects to give away over 4,000 toys this year. He says it is a labor of love. “ It`s very important to me I call it the spirit of love. It`s all about love. We need to start loving ourselves more today and making a difference in our community.”
And Whittington's generous giving is rubbing off. The Union Van Lines truck used to transport toys was loaned at no cost. He'll continue to deliver joy and smiles through the weekend and early next week.
If you want to help or learn more about the foundation here is the link to the R. Whittington Foundation. R. Whittington Foundation