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A 7-year-old boy with a big heart helped garner hundreds of donations for those in need in this Christmas season.
Donald Woods III toted gift after gift into the You Can Make it Shelter in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood after making an appeal on Facebook for the donations. His neighbors, his church, his parents’ co-workers all responded and donated more than 700 gifts.
The shelter is struggling to stay open—a safe haven for families that live here.
Shelter director Jacqueline Kennedy-Harris expressed her thanks to Woods.
And how did Woods feel?
“I felt happy,” he said.
Next he’s headed with more gifts to visit the children at Loyola Medical Center, he says.
The driver of an Amazon delivery truck that hit an elderly woman who later died Thursday is in custody and charges are pending, police confirmed.
Relatives say 84-year-old Telesfora Escamilla was on her way back from a hair appointment when was struck in the 2800 block of South Drake Avenue in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood on the South Side. She was just took weeks away from her 85th birthday, relatives told NBC 5.
“Christmas is not going to be the same because I’m always going to remember that,” said Eleanore Escamilla. “The way she passed away—it’s just senseless—it’s senseless.”
In a heartbreaking twist, one of the responding Chicago Police officers at the scene was Escamilla’s own grandson. He was sent home from duty.
“This is her neighborhood and this happened in her neighborhood,” daughter Lydia Escamilla-Gonzon said.
Telesfora was taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital in critical condition where she was later pronounced dead, police said.
“Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with her family and loved ones during this difficult time,” Amazon said in a statement. “Any accident that occurs is one too many and we will work with police and the delivery service provider as they investigate.”
Family lingered around the scene Thursday trying to cope with their loss.
“I’m gonna miss you mama. I love you very much. I’m gonna miss you so much,” Escamilla-Gonzon.