Gracey Chafin, founder of Lil G’s Wagons of Hope, to be featured on TODAY Show

The TODAY Show will interview local middle school student Gracey Chafin, founder of Lil G’s Wagons of Hope, in New York City on Friday, July 19, for a segment on her generous donations over the years to the Children’s Hospital of Georgia. The segment will be recorded on July 18 and will air the following day.

Aaron Brownlee, a producer with The TODAY Show, has already traveled to Children’s on Saturday, June 22, to interview 13-year-old Gracey and her family for the segment.

Gracey, along with the support of her family and donations from the community, has purchased countless Radio Flyer Wagons filled with thousands of toys to donate to children fighting illnesses at Children’s.

When Gracey was just 6 years old, she learned her schoolmate Julia Grace was battling leukemia.

Gracey’s mom, Stacey Chafin, donated 16 inches of her hair for a custom wig for Julia. That inspired Gracey to donate her hair, too, but she did not want to stop there.

Gracey started gathering donations to raise money to purchase the wagons, an effort that led to her own foundation, Lil G’s Wagons of Hope.

Over the past seven years, she has raised enough money to purchase more than 300 Radio Flyer Wagons and 50,000 toys for the children at the hospital.

Once Gracey and her family return from New York City following The TODAY Show segment, they are planning to deliver another donation of 20 additional wagons to Children’s later this month.

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