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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

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.

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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