RICHMOND, R.I. (WPRI) — On Tuesday night, town officials in Richmond recognized a teen who has made it his mission to bring the spirit of Christmas to those in need.
The Richmond Town Council honored Chariho High School student Matthew Thayer for his efforts in helping the community.
In 2016, when his parents asked him what he wanted for Christmas, Matthew told them he wanted “a toy drive.”
Last Christmas, the “Matthew’s Wish Toy Drive” collected more than 1,500 toys for RICAN.
The Town Council not only recognized Thayer Tuesday night but also declared the second Saturday of December forever be known in town as “Matthew Thayer Day,” since that is the day he annually has a “Community Toy Parade” to distribute the donations received.