GUILFORD, Conn (WTNH) — After a serious arm injury playing baseball, Guilford High School senior Logan Driscoll spent long hours recovering at the hospital.
He was 11-years old.
During his stay, he noticed other young patients struggling.
“So I asked the nurse, why they have bald heads. And she said they were terminally ill with cancer,” said Driscoll.
He also noticed the comfort they found while reading.
“They would read a book and one of the books was a pop-up book. When they read the book and it popped up the smile on their face grew huge,” said Driscoll.
However, the hospital book shelf was bare.
So Logan set out on his mission.
“Making sure their stay at the hospital as comfortable as possible which in my opinion was getting more books on to the book cart,” said Driscoll.
He researched non-profit charities…then started his own.
He created “Driscoll Cares”.
The charity now has a goal, to collect and gather 100,000 books for kids in hospitals and improve literacy across Connecticut.
He’s also making Guilford high school proud.
It’s the schools supportive environment to chase dreams and help others that has guided him along the way.
“He’s really happy and joyful, this is what brings us fulfillment. I think we encourage that our kids get that and our kids support that,” said English teacher Cook Sey.
He now has a garage full of two-thousand books and growing.
Other schools have also been stepping up.
Soon Logan will make his first delivery of books to Yale-New Haven hospital.
“My emotions will be unbelievable. I’ll just be extremely happy. I was that kid in that hospital that had a realization in life that books are more than just reading, they are comfort,” said Driscoll.
To donate books to “Driscoll Cares” – check out his website.
UPDATE – After this story aired, Logan received many emails from News 8 viewers, along with hundreds of new book donations. Driscoll sent News 8 a note to thank the viewers for their generosity.