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A little boy's holiday generosity goes a long way

Joey Johnson sending gifts around the world
Posted at 8:29 PM, Dec 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-23 20:29:57-05

INDIANAPOLIS — A 9-year-old Indianapolis boy got the surprise of a lifetime when he heard a knock on the door of his southeast side home Monday.

You may remember Joey Johnson, who was born with a rare and incurable genetic disorder. His efforts to buy three bicycles from the World Vision catalog and give them to girls he had never met on the other side of the world generated a lot of attention.

He then created a wish list of items from that catalog to give to more kids around the world. Monday, he learned that wish was granted by anonymous donors who gave $25,000 dollars to his cause.

"Instead of them getting clothes or a different type of food, they'll get actual things to play with and I'm thinking they'll really like that," said Joey.

His mother was very impressed. "He tried very hard that every gift that he picked he wanted it to benefit not just one person, but one family or even a whole community. That was very important to him. It's not that one person isn't enough, but the gifts that he chose go to help as many kids as possible," said Kelly Johnson.

Joey's wish list was fulfilled many times over. His donations include: 100 wheelchairs, 40 bikes, 14 alpacas, 158 relief beds, 626 soccer balls and 200 toys.