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Cade Peterson, 6, understands what the Christmas season is about. Peterson won a drawing after his Barnum school's Parent/Teacher Organization fundraiser. The first grader chose $150 cash instead of two Minnesota Vikings football tickets. His mot...

Six-year-old Cade Peterson stands next to the toys he bought after winning money at his school fundraiser. Special to the Pine Journal
Six-year-old Cade Peterson stands next to the toys he bought after winning money at his school fundraiser. Special to the Pine Journal

Cade Peterson, 6, understands what the Christmas season is about. Peterson won a drawing after his Barnum school's Parent/Teacher Organization fundraiser. The first grader chose $150 cash instead of two Minnesota Vikings football tickets.

His mother, Amber Olson, was excited at the thought of extra cash in time for the holidays. She had visions of a winter vacation to a indoor water park, among other ideas.

Peterson had his own plans. He wanted to give toys to help other kids have a merry Christmas.

Olson explained they were listening to the radio and heard about donating to Toys for Tots for needy children. Her son immediately knew that was what he wanted to do with his winnings.

Olson asked how much he wanted to spend on himself.

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"Nothing," he responded.

Olson explained she only allows her son a limited number of toys, then after a while, they will donate some of them to other kids to make room for his new toys.

The lesson of sharing resonated with the empathetic youngster.

Peterson chose all of the toys they bought, including boys' and girls' gifts. He even tried some things before he decided if they were fun enough to purchase.

They donated the $170 worth of gifts to Toys for Tots at an event in Proctor where a few of Olson's friends were involved.

Several people thanked the generous youngster.

"He is a very shy kid," Olson said. "But when we got into the car, he got a huge smile and said, 'That was a lot of fun.'"

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