ST. LOUIS - Five on Your Side is showcasing kids making a difference this holiday season. Over the next several days, we will bring you stories from school districts in our area where students are helping others.

Friday on Today in St. Louis, we highlighted the work of 10-year-old Rockwood student Ezra Leslie. This is the third year the fifth grader has collected toys for kids with cancer.

Since the toy drive began in 2014, students at Pond Elementary and Center for Creative Learning have donated more than $10,000 in new toys. The toys are delivered to the organization “Friends of Kids with Cancer.”

Ezra has a very personal connection to his toy drive. In 2015, his 13-year-old brother Caleb died from bone cancer. He

has turned the tragedy into so much good for other children battling cancer, saying the goal is to make kids smile.

“They have to go through so much stuff: chemotherapy, radiation, Immunotherapy…it just sometimes makes them feel sick. It makes them have a better day when they have a toy,” said Ezra Leslie.

Great job, Ezra!

Make sure you watch Today in St. Louis at 6 a.m. next week to see how other students are giving back.