OCEAN CITY – Xbox. Bicycles. Flat-screen TV. Amazon Fire tablets.
These are just some of the toys 12-year-old Talan Carruthers will donate to families in need this Christmas after redeeming more than 268,000 arcade tickets.
Last Friday, Talan made his way to the Funcade on the Boardwalk to redeem the arcade tickets he had spent a year collecting. But instead of spending the tokens on toys of his own, Talan will be donating the toys to families in his community.
“I wanted to help kids have a better Christmas,” he said, “because there are a lot of kids that don’t get any presents.”
Talan’s father, Brian Carruthers, said his son uses the money he gets from chores, birthdays and holidays to spend on arcade games when the family visits the beach each summer.
“When he gets money for birthday presents or chores, we have it set up where he puts some of it away in savings, he gives some of it away and he gets to spend what is left over,” he said. “So his giveaway money and his spending money come here.”