ST. LOUIS, Nov. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- After a "nerve racking" visit to a non-Mercy Hospital this summer with a broken leg, Agha Haider was inspired to make the experience better for kids. Agha said, "Afterwards, I knew I had to do something about it."
While recovering, Agha saw Little Saint Nick Foundation's founder, Ray Mohler Jr., on Nickelodeon's The Halo Effect, and he was empowered! Agha learned that when Ray was only 4 years old, he had a rare hip disease that put him in the hospital. When he was released, Ray decided to donate his own Christmas and birthday toys to the kids he left behind. Soon after, Ray founded a nonprofit organization based in New York called The Little Saint Nick Foundation. The mission was to help kids cope with the fear, anxiety and isolation related to a hospital visit. Agha reached out to Ray, asking to bring Little Saint Nick to St. Louis. Together with the Foundation's help, Agha and Whitfield School volunteers packed and delivered 300 Emergency Room Gift Bags to Cardinal Glennon and Mercy Children's Hospitals. Ray was so moved by Agha's efforts that he wanted to come and visit the new St. Louis chapter. "What Agha is doing in St. Louis is exciting to see. It is about helping the kids that are in a scary place in their lives, and empowering other kids to give back. If I can do it, they can do it too!" said Ray. Little Saint Nick Foundation will be holding a volunteer event to pack Emergency Room Bags on November 17th at the St. Louis County Library Headquarters from 5:00pm-6:30pm. Ray Mohler Jr., will be speaking and answering questions about his experiences as a social entrepreneur and building his own foundation. On November 18th at 11:00am, Christmas will come early for Mercy Children's Hospital. Little Saint Nick Foundation will be hosting a Gift Giveaway event, with face painting donated by Veronica Garcia of Mission Strokes Face Painting . The Little Saint Nick Foundation helps children cope with their pain, fear and isolation during hospital stays, through entertainment, education and activities. Please visit LittleStNick.org to learn how you can help. #national awards #2012 Prudential Spirit of Community Award #Nickelodeon #The Halo Effect #Nick Cannon #Instagram #MercyKids #CardinalGlennonHospital #Little Saint Nick Foundation