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KidsFirst coupon book top seller donates $500 prize to Children's Hospital

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Gavin and Kenzie Sams. Photo by David Carroll/WRCBtv.com Gavin and Kenzie Sams. Photo by David Carroll/WRCBtv.com
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -

During the recent Hamilton County KidsFirst coupon book drive, some 52,000 books were sold, generating over a half million dollars for local elementary schools.

One Lookout Valley student sold more books than anyone else in the county, winning a big prize for herself in the process.   She's using that prize to cheer up other kids, who can really use it.


2nd grader Kenzie Sams and her 12-year-old brother Gavin sold 130 coupon books, earning a $500 prize box of toys and books from the Creative Discovery Museum.

The siblings went door-to-door in their Lookout Valley community, and as soon as they came up with the idea of donating their prize to Children's Hospital, there was no debate.

Gavin said, "We've got pretty much everything we need already, so we wanted to help the kids who can't go outside and play." Their efforts are appreciated by the staff at the hospital. Child Life Specialist Lois Simpson said, "I thought it was so kind of them to give up all these toys and books to help our children.  This will make them feel so special during the holidays."

Nolan Elementary sold the most coupon books this year, and Chattanooga School for Arts and Sciences sold the most books per student.

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