The Chafin family in front of hospital.
Gracey Chafin (left) with Stephanie Grayson, the In-kind Donations Co-Coordinator for CHOG, and the Chafin family.

Gracey Chafin, founder of Lil G’s Wagons of Hope, to deliver 20 wagons to CHOG

Following her national interview on The TODAY Show with co-hosts Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager in New York City earlier this month, middle school student Gracey Chafin, founder of Lil G’s Wagons of Hope, will continue her generous donations to the Children’s Hospital of Georgia by delivering 20 new wagons to the hospital’s lobby on Thursday, Aug. 1, at 5:30 p.m.

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, Gracey, now 13, has raised enough money to purchase more than 300 Radio Flyer Wagons and 50,000 toys for the children in the hospital.

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