The 9-year-old son of a rock guitarist from the band Great White who died in the 2003 nightclub fire that killed 100 has dedicated his life to bringing toys and smiles to sick children in the hospital.
Acey Longley’s charity is driven by donations of percussion instruments and iTunes gift cards he receives from rock stars from KISS and other bands, as well as regular folks. It’s called B.E.A.T.S. (Bringing Everyone A Tremendous Smile).
Taking these donated items to children in the hospital isn’t enough for this curly-haired boy rocker. Working for another charity, Legos for Leukemia, he also takes Lego donations and delivers them to kids in Illionois cancer wards as the group’s state representative.
His program is now spreading to neighboring states, says Crystal Gee, who is turning up the volume for BEATS as the new Indiana state coordinator.
(READ the story from the Chicago Tribune)