A Virginia man with vivid memories of growing poor came back with a 26-foot truck loaded with toys worth $12,000 over the weekend.

Adam Armstrong, 35, a man who grew up poor in Harrisonburg, Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, decided to give back to the low-income community where he once lived and was brought up.

Armstrong gave the residents of a low-income Section-8 housing facility named Harris Gardens Apartments in Harrisonburg bikes, balls, and even remote-control cars.

“You see these kids and you hand them a baby doll, or a Nerf gun, a bicycle, two little boys throwing a football and you can’t put a price on the feeling that gives you,” Armstrong said.

Upon giving away presents to all Harris Gardens comers, the Santa-hat-wearing Armstrong said he visited three other low-income projects nearby before sending the Salvation Army any leftover gifts.

Armstrong, who lives in nearby Penn Laird, Virginia, said that as a young man he spent three months in prison for cannabis trafficking. He recalled hearing many greetings from the inmates who treated him like an old friend, from behind bars.

“It was like, ‘Hey I remember seeing you at such and such,’ and I said to myself, ‘This is nuts, I can’t do this,’ ” he said. “I made a choice that I was not going to live like that.”

Armstrong said since December 2013 he has been doing Christmas giveaways.

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