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Young boy chooses charity over toy tractors

Posted by Green Fun Store on 11/9/2010 to Current News/Events of John Deere
Nikolas Soldi, a six year old boy in Leicester, knows a thing or two about John Deere products. On Halloween night, he won a prize for having the best costume, but he chose to spend his earnings a different way than on one of his prized John Deere toys – he donated half of it.

Soldi dressed as a severed head with "finger food" on the side, according to the Worcester Telegram and Gazette. His costume won over 283 other children who entered at the Fire Department's Company 2 in Cherry Valley. Firefighters there are volunteers and are paid only for the calls they respond to.

His grandmother, Sherry L. Hurley, told the Telegraph-Gazette that her grandson won $103 for his ingenious costume, a vast amount of money for a first grader. However, instead of spending the money on a toy tractor or a classic John Deere model, Soldi gave half of the money - $50 – to the fire department.

Soldi told the Telegram-Gazette that he wanted to "help the firefighters because they are volunteers and they don't get paid for doing their jobs." Hurley is not surprised by the boy's philanthropy, noting his caring nature. Soldi hopes the firefighters use the $50 to "fix the fire trucks."