A fourth-grade boy from Waldoboro has caught the holiday spirit.

When Nathan Percival's mom, Angela, told him that there was a young girl who was in need of socks it piqued his curiosity.

"I can't believe she doesn't have socks! She has to have socks!" he told her. So he took $5 he earned by selling some of his own toys and bought the girl some socks. Making sure she would be in style, he bought a mismatched pair.

Angela is a member of a Facebook group called The Body, which has been collecting toys and clothes for kids all year long and is now 233 members strong.

"In fact, a lot of the people doing the collecting are low-income themselves, but feel really strongly that God called them to make a difference," Jennifer Hafemann, a group member, said.

Now Nathan has decided to clean out his toy closet and use all the proceeds to help other children in need.

It started with a bagful of Hot Wheels and has expanded to a vast array of his favorites. From superheros to action figures to a dump truck with sound and more, Nathan is armed and ready.

Thus far, he has donated 40 of his Hot Wheels to other youngsters, but Angela said he has another 100 ready to go.

The sale of some of his items has resulted in about $55. Nathan is going to use that money to start his Christmas shopping for others.

"The world is such a dark place, so self-centered and full of hate," Hafemann said.  "It's easy to forget that people like Nathan are out there … changing someone's world one pair of socks at a time."

"He has a loving and kind heart," Angela said.

As for his own Christmas list, Nathan's big wish would either be for his family to go to Universal Studios to see the Wizarding World of Harry Potter or "that my cousin Joey could visit Nanny more," he said, referring to the grandmother he shares with his cousin.

His more likely wish is for an easel with canvas and paints and Pokemon cards, especially Lunala GX.

As of this writing, Nathan's selflessness has already inspired a local woman to donate $100 towards gifts to The Body, according to Hafemann.

"I think everyone should give more, and always be kind to others," Nathan said.

His New Year's resolution is "to keep the Christmas spirit going all year."

Anyone wishing to help Nathan or The Body help others in need can visit their Facebook page.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at bbirmingham@villagesoup.com.