BANGOR - An eight-year-old Orrington boy is becoming a local and state celebrity.
Brayden Mott is the only child from Maine to be named a semi-finalist in the 2013 seach for Build-A-Bear Workshop's "Huggable Heroes."
Receiving donations from family members, friends, and businesses Brayden was able to purchase over 2,600 new toys for children in need.
Even though he's just eight-years-old, Brayden Mott is already making an impact in his community.
Initially joining this campaign in 2011, Brayden says he found inspiration through a television show about the homeless and wanted to help children in need.
Launched by Build-A-Bear Workshop, "Huggable Heroes" has been recognizing young people from ages eight to 18 for the past ten years.
"They help people collect toys, collecting cell phones for troops overseas, just doing anything that they can help their community out with," Build-A-Bear manager Brandy says.
Raising money to buy these toys wasn't an easy task, but Brayden said the chance to surpass the First Lady in the number of toys donated (2,630) was very cool to accomplish.
Brayden is already raising money for this years campaign, and when asked who he'd like to receive a donation from, he had to go straight to the Red Sox secondbaseman, Dustin Pedroia.
Brayden is one of 80 other semi-finalists.Judges will narrow down the field to 30 in May, and ten Huggable Heroes will be announced this summer. Those ten Huggable Heroes will travel to St. Louis, Missouri in July for a tour of the Build-A-Bear Headquarters.
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