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Boy Wants Arm For Christmas

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Christopher Kiezek, 6, loves riding his bike in his driveway near his home in East Northport, Long Island. And like any 6-year-old he is proud of his new skill. He also likes fishing especially when he catches one.

Christopher was born without part of his left arm. On a recent visit to see Santa Claus, Christopher whispered a secret wish: he wanted an Xbox One and fingers to play with it.

Robert Jackson, a family friend, was so moved he started fundraising. He hoped to raise $25,000 by Christmas. That's what it will cost to buy Christopher a prosthetic arm.

"I cried ... it's what Christmas is all about -- raising money for someone in need," said Jackson. "We want to give a boy an arm ... not an xbox .... an arm."

Insurance does not cover Christopher's prosthetic hand because it is not deemed medically necessary to his life. His parents both have jobs and make too much money to qualify for financial assistance to buy one.

Once Christopher heard people wanted to help him he immediately took his Christmas wish back. He does not attention being paid to his disability. But his mom said he just wants to look like all the other little boys his age.

Less than 24 hours after the story aired asking viewers to help raise money to get Christopher Kiezek a prosthetic arm, the family's gofundme page has raised more than $40,000. The goal was $25,000.

Anything over the $25,000 will go to help other kids like Christopher. Robert is now starting a non-profit organization in Christopher's name.

Right now it's still unclear if Christopher will get his new arm by Christmas. His parents say they will tell him Santa got him his arm because they say the outpouring from so many people was pretty magical.

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