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Heartwarming gesture from an Iowa boy to children who lost their homes during deadly tornadoes



A selfless boy from Iowa decided to give away his toys to local children who lost their toys to deadly tornadoes.

Evan Croxell, 6, said he took the heartwarming step after hearing about the devastating impact a series of tornadoes had on his friends last week.

“One of my friends didn’t have a house,” the youngster told WTSP as he set up a free toy booth outside his home in Greenfield, Iowa.

His proud mother Kaci Croxell admitted that even she was stunned by her son’s generosity, as “it’s normally like pulling teeth to get rid of his toys.”

It comes days after a severe storm system tore through Iowa a week ago, killing five people and leaving a trail of destruction.

Evan Croxell, 6, decided to give away his toys to local children who lost their toys in deadly tornadoes with a free toy stand outside his home in Greenfield, Iowa

Greenfield was one of the hardest hit areas when the tornadoes ripped through, destroying much of the town of about 2,000 residents.

Kaci said that when the twisters rolled in, she and her children sat in their basement as the storms flattened homes, shredded trees and uprooted entire wind turbines.

“It was just crazy,” she said. “We were just in the basement, and I was there with the boys, and it got real quiet.

“You could just hear the wind and the hail, and then all of a sudden it got really loud and really windy.”

In the aftermath of the storms, as crews worked to clear the wreckage, Kaci said her son decided to help, initially by donating just his toys.

To further these efforts, Evan set up a toy booth outside his home so he could personally distribute free gifts to children affected by the tornadoes.

Kaci said she was proud to see her son step up because “you feel like you’re doing something right.”

“Everyone is so surprised that a little kid wants to throw away his toys,” she added.

“At first I was quite shocked that he wanted to do it because normally it’s like pulling teeth to get rid of his toys.”

The selfless boy placed the table full of toys next to this plate
Fortunately, his family’s home was untouched during the storms
Evan’s proud mother Kaci Croxell admitted that even she was stunned by her son’s generosity because “normally it’s like pulling teeth to get rid of his toys.”
It comes a week after tornadoes ripped through Iowa, with the small town of Greenfield (pictured) left devastated by the tornadoes
Shocking images from Greenfield showed widespread damage, with at least five people killed and entire neighborhoods razed

It comes a week after the tornado system ripped through Iowa, killing at least five and injuring dozens of others.

One death occurred in Adams County, Iowa, about 90 miles southwest of Des Moines, when a woman was thrown from a vehicle during the brutal storm. Officials said there were several other storm-related deaths statewide.

Entire neighborhoods were leveled by several deadly tornadoes that gripped the region last Tuesday evening. Aerial footage of the aftermath showed a tornado ripping through the city as homes were leveled and trees were shredded down to their stumps.

In images shared by a Greenfield resident on Facebook, entire homes were reduced to rubble and turned into scattered rubble, while brick walls were flattened by the force of the torpedo.

A local hospital was hit by the intense tornadoes, forcing staff and patients to evacuate looted buildings and set up field hospitals in nearby high schools.

Huge wind turbines were also destroyed by the gusts, with at least three turbines destroyed in Adams County, and MidAmerican Energy Company said it owned several more that were destroyed in Adair County.

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