UPDATE: "Blake's Big Heart" surpasses goal

An eight-year-old boy made a $2,700 donation to the UNC Children's Hospital in Chapel Hill Wednesday, surpassing his own goal of $2,000.

Blake Wainwright of Washington makes a donation to the hospital each year, to support them for helping his sister. Brynn was diagnosed with craniosynostosis at four months old and needed skull reconstruction surgery. Today, she's a healthy five-year-old.

Wednesday was the day for his annual donation to the hospital. When Blake appeared on WITN News at Sunrise on Tuesday, he was several hundred dollars short of his $2,000 goal. However, by Wednesday, Blake had $2,700 dollars to donate.

Blake's mom, Carrie Wainwright, says her son has now donated a total of $7,000 in five years.

You can check out the family's Facebook page, "Blake's Big Heart: Giving Back To UNC Children's Hospital."



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When Blake Wainwright's sister was diagnosed with craniosynostosis at four months old and needed skull reconstruction surgery, Blake wanted to do something to help the hospital that was helping his sister.

With the encouragement of his parents, the two year old from Washington began putting bits of change or a couple dollars into his piggy bank throughout the year.

Family and friends also began contributing and by the end of the first year, Blake was able to donate $425 to the UNC Children's Hospital in Chapel Hill.

As word of Blake's big heart spread, second-year donations reached $755.

Now at age 8, Blake has raised more than $4,000 for the hospital.

Word of Blake's philanthropy has spread across the nation. One Texas girl recently collected money instead of presents at her birthday party and sent a donation to Blake.

Blake will be making his latest donation to the UNC Children's Hospital Wednesday at the Promise Foundation in Chapel Hill.

He now has his own Facebook page called "Blake's Big Heart: Giving Back To UNC Children's Hospital."

Blake's charitable efforts have not gone unnoticed. He was inducted into the Curnen Society with UNC Children's Hospital this past January.



 

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