WICHITA, Kan. While many have been out buying presents for family and friends, one Wichita man bought gifts for eight children he doesn't even know.
Every year, T'Allyn Smith sponsors an Angel Tree child, but this year, he wanted to make a bigger impact for the program.
"I said, 'How can I help these kids on a higher level?," Smith says.
He came up with the idea to sell shirts from his non-profit organization to buy gifts for Angel Tree kids with the proceeds. He raised more than $300, enough to sponsor eight children in the Angel Tree program.
"We helped those kids, got everything on their list for them that they wanted," Smith says.
The rest of the year, Smith is also helping children through his basketball organization, Keep Your Dribble.
"I gear it toward the youth specifically, just trying to keep them out of trouble, give them another mentor, somebody that can reach out to help them reach their goals," Smith says.
It's a cause, he says, is gratifying.
"It's just a blessing to be a blessing to somebody else that actually needs stuff in this world," Smith says.