By: Jillian Wilson
Not many ten year olds would give up their Sundays, let alone their birthday presents to help others.
But Nick Baracks of Geneseo is doing just that.
"Because if I were gone and I couldn't see my family, I'd like something to know that I've been acknowledged," says Nick Baracks.
Nick says it makes him feel good knowing his gifts will make a soldier smile during the holiday season. He says it all started in kindergarten.
"My teacher told me around the middle of the year there was probably someone in my state, my country, or my town, or in my classroom that there was someone who didn't have enough to eat, which she was pointing to the foot pantry, and this donation kind of just branched off from that," says Barack.
When Nick found out that ‘Molly's Adopt a Sailor' program was boxing up goodies for soldiers, he asked his mom to have a birthday dedicated to the red, white, and blue.
"Helping other's is so important to him, the feelings that he gets out of it and the help he gives to others, it makes him very complete," says Nick Schnaufer, Nick's Mother.
Born on All Saints Day, Nick says he's kind of like a mini Santa. He was even named after good old St. Nick.
"The story has always been that we named him after St. Nicholas and the irony is that he has done these things in his life he really tries to epitomize the spirit of who St. Nicholas was. It's a very fitting name," says Schnaufer.
Nick wasn't the only kid boxing up presents for our soldiers, dozens of others wrote cards and packed stockings to make a soldier's holiday a little brighter.