A hometown hero in Stevens Point is at it again.
We met Noah Lamaide in 2011 when he saved his grandmother's house from foreclosure after he raised $10,000.
Now, he's trying to prevent kids in our area from having a bad Christmas.
Noah's Dream Catcher Network got national recognition for all the good it does, but he's not looking for recognition with this drive, just hot cocoa, new pajamas and popcorn.
This drive was prompted by the loss of one of his close friends.
Under his mother's careful watch, Lamaide and his friends remember Joey, a classmate, a neighbor and a friend.
"Deep down he (Joey) really did care about everyone and everyone's' feelings," Lamaide said.
Joey passed away last spring suddenly of an undetected heart condition, and it's this old photo that has prompted Noah to keep Joey's memory alive this Christmas.
"It's me and Joey (In this photo)," Lamaide said. "We were in my pajamas because he always forgot his."
Lamaide now leads his newest project: a pajama drive.
"I was looking through old pictures of him (Joey), and I saw this," Lamaide said. "I remembered it was during Christmas, and I remembered the pajamas. That is what made me realize that some kids can't have this."
Lamaide said movies, hot cocoa and new pajamas will go into Christmas boxes to kids in need.
"They'll be going to 'Operation Bootstrap.' On Monday, we'll be packing the boxes and taking them to 'Operation Bootstrap' and then they'll be distributed," Lamaide said.
This isn't the first time Lamaide is trying to help others. He's lead sock drives, food drives and even raised money to prevent his own grandmother's home from foreclosing.
"I do these drives because I enjoy it," Lamaide said. "I like helping people."
Even if he gets national recognition or local for the good he does, it doesn't matter to Lamaide, this drive is to help families create memories this holiday season when watching movies together, even though Lamaide thinks it would mean the world to who's now watching over him: Joey.
"He'd want it to be about someone else first," Lamaide said. "But I think it really should be about him."
If you'd like to give to Noah's current dream in progress, "Christmas Pajama Drive," you can send donations to:
Sky Club: 2202 Post Rd, Plover, WI 54467
Remax Northwood Reality: 3260 Church Street, Stevens Point, WI
Mail: 448 2nd St. N Stevens Point, WI (Checks made out to Noah Lamaide)
Or visit his website: http://www.noahdreamnetwork.org/
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