Johnstown’s own “St. Nick” giving back to kids

COLUMBUS, Ohio – 16 year old Boy Scout Nick Hubbell’s determined to see no child in his community goes without receiving a gift this holiday season.

Members of The American Legion Post 254 helped Nick launch his “Gift for Kids” campaign as part of his goal to earn his Eagle Scout rank. Nick said he’s already put in 70 hours of volunteer service work towards the project, and for this reason, he’s earned the nick-name “St. Nick.”

Nick said, “I get that a lot…I saw that in the local paper, and my mom’s always called me that around Christmas, so I just think it’s funny…being called St. Nick.”

Nick’s mother, Linda Hubbell and American Legion Post member Jim Wolfe help drive Nick around to 25 different contribution locations including local firehouses, churches, businesses, and libraries.

Linda said, “He’s definitely out of his comfort zone having to lead a project this large, but it’s so important as parents that we teach our kids to give back.”

American Legion Post member Al Norman said, “It’s been a pleasure working with such a scout like Nick, he’s always positive and on-going, and I think it helps us both ways.”

The American Legion activities committee will assess all the toys Nick collects, and the members will then take the monetary donations to purchase remaining items needed for different age and gender groups. Nick’s “Gift for Kids” project aims to serve around 75 families in need in the Johnstown community.

Nick said, “I can’t wait to see the faces, it’s going to be awesome….again, like I said, I believe every child deserves a gift this holiday season.”

Gifts can be donated at any of Nick’s contribution locations in Johnstown through Monday, Dec. 14.

Gift distribution will be held Tuesday, Dec. 15 at the American Legion Post 254 Hall, 180 W. Maple St. in Johnstown. Registration begins at 6 p.m. with a limit of one per family member. Gift distribution begins at 6:30 pm.

To register for the event, contact Rick Petersen at 740-901-1245. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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