In 2019, Daniel Hunt, lost all of his belongings in a house fire.
“It was a kitchen fire. I’m not sure how it happened. We found some bits and pieces that were salvageable — my wedding ring made it — but nothing else made it,” Hunt’s mom, Kristen Wilburn, told CNN.
His teachers decided to involve Daniels classmates and hold a “secret toy drive for him to replace the toys he lost”. Kids needed to keep it a secret, so they would walk in every morning that week whispering, ‘I have this toy for Daniel hidden in my backpack,’” Hunt’s homeroom teacher Casey MacKintosh told CNN.
“The kids could not wait to do this for Daniel,” Philadelphia Elementary School counselor Kelly Jones tells Today. “It was amazing to witness the excitement these third-grade kids had while sneaking in toys.”
The surprise was well prepared , children keeping the toys hidden from Daniel all week. On a Friday ,a teacher sent Hunt on an errand outside the classroom.
“When he came back, we yelled ‘surprise!’ and instead of rushing to the toys, he just held his arms open and asked his classmates for a hug,” MacKintosh said.
“I was like — my mind was blown,” Hunt told CBS affiliate WVLT.
Hunt’s classmates donated several board games, stuffed animals, sports equipment, toy cars, LEGO sets, a Star Wars Mr. Potato Head and a Detective Pikachu figure, the New York Daily News reported.
“I sat and cried at work for a good 45 minutes,” Wilburn said. “I’m just so overwhelmed at all the love and the community coming together for us. It’s just very overwhelming and a blessing.”Kristen and Daniel are staying with family until they get back on their feet.