Ringgold man collects hundreds of Christmas toys for kids in North Georgia
A Ringgold man who fell on hard times after he was injured at work is now giving back to more than a dozen families in need.
In this week's Pay It Forward, Jessica Harthorn surprises him as he collects Christmas toys for kids in North Georgia.
Eight years ago Scott Hoskins fell 40 feet in a work related accident.
It severely damaged his right arm and he had to learn how to use it all over again.
He says during that difficult time he vowed that if he bounced back financially, he'd make sure as many kids as possible would have a gift to unwrap on Christmas morning.
Scott Hoskins is always looking for an opportunity to help someone in need.
This Facebook video was shared hundreds of times, showing the emotional reaction of a man who was given a bike after his was stolen.
"Pull that tarp off right there? What do you think about it brother?" asked Scott. "Don't cry about it bud. It's all good."
Now Scott is collecting as many toys as possible for 15 families in need in North Georgia.
So far, he's purchased several pallets.
Donna Keith heard about his plan on Facebook.
"He told me this has always been his dream right here, and said if God ever let him get to where he was able to help somebody. He would always pay it forward," said Donna.
Now Donna and her husband Wayne want to return the kindness.
We followed her to the warehouse where Scott is collecting and organizing the toys.
"Hey Scotty," said Wayne.
"Hey Ya'll. What's up?" said Scott.
"For everything you do for the homeless and what you are doing for the kids at Christmas. On behalf of Newschannel9 and the McMahan Law Firm. We want to Pay It Forward to you. Donna's going to give you something," hugged Wayne.
"Stick out your hand, 1, 2, 3, 4, $500. We couldn't give it to a better person Scotty. You're a great man and we appreciate everything you do," surprised Donna.
Moments later, Scott showed us the toys.
"I'm looking forward to wrapping these and delivering them on Christmas Eve," said Scott.
Scott also told us about that tough Christmas Morning with his kids several years ago while he was unemployed.
"That day I was watching them, I could see the hurt, but I could also see the smile that they didn't want me to know that bothered them so. I made a promise myself that day, that If I could get ahead, I would always make sure that kids who were less fortunate had something," said Scott.
Scott says he wants his Christmas toy delivery to become an annual event.
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