Published: Sep 29, 2011 5:52 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 29, 2011 10:07 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- A little boy with a big heart wants to help our community, but he's told he's too young to volunteer at the local hospital. He doesn't let that stop him, though. He found a way to lend a hand anyway.

Spencer Ford had a simple idea, start recycling to help save the environment. He had no idea at first that his efforts would end up helping the kids at Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care center at the Lee Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida.

When 12-year-old Spencer Ford found out he could get money for recycling aluminum, he didn't think about keeping it.

In all, the scouts collected 574 pounds of aluminum and raised $330 for the children at the Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care center at the Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida.

Spencer originally wanted to volunteer at the PPEC, but hospital rules say he has to be 14. Instead, he donated his time helping prepare information packets for the program. Now, in this process, Spencer has become eligible for a Citizenship Merit Badge, but he says that was never his intention. He did this because it gave him quote, "a fuzzy feeling inside."