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11-Year-Old Buys Meals For Hospital Patients On Christmas Eve -- For The Third Year In A Row

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
Jerry Hatcher surprising a woman at the hospitalJerry Hatcher surprising a woman at the hospital

On Christmas Eve, 11-year-old Jerry Hatcher Jr., of Kennesaw, Georgia, stood in the cafeteria at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta dressed in a black suit and tie and surprised a diner by buying breakfast for doctors, patients and their loved ones alike.

“He hid behind our cash registers and each time a patient’s family member grabbed their wallet, he jumped out, pulled cash from his pocket and wished them a merry Christmas,” the hospital wrote on their Facebook page on Dec. 24, alongside of a photo of Jerry announcing his good deed. The Facebook post has since gone viral, garnering over 28,000 "likes" and 8,000 "likes" as of Dec. 29.

And it turns out this isn't the first time Jerry has pulled this stunt -- in fact, this is his third year in a row.

The tradition started in 2013, when Jerry decided to spend the money he'd saved up for a PlayStation 4 to buy around 100 meals for people in the hospital cafeteria on the day before Christmas, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported at the time.

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Jerry spent a lot of time at the hospital the summer of 2013 while his younger brother, Javier, underwent a lung operation. He decided to donate his money there after he wasn’t satisfied by his other gesture of generosity earlier that week -- bringing plants to retirement home residents. 

He said, "I want to do something bigger,” according to his mom, Jenny Hatcher.

As it turns, a good deed such as Jerry's doesn't get old -- many were moved to tears by his gesture this year.

“There’s no doubt the spirit of the season found us today,” the hospital wrote in their Facebook post.

Sources: Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta/Facebook, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution / Photo Credit: Children's Healthcare of Atlanta/Facebook