A local comic book collector is hoping to help sick kids at the Alberta Children's Hospital temporarily forget what they are going through with help from more than 2,500 classic stories of heroes and villains like Superman and the Green Lantern.
"We had taken our daughter here a few times, and I thought what a great way for these kids to escape what they are going through," said Chris Doucher.
He is donating 95 per cent of his comic book collection, which is valued at close to $9,000.
"I had a huge collection of comics, over 3,000 comics," he said.
"And I decided, 'What could I do with these.' You know, I could try to sell them, but that would be too much work and I thought about the kids in the hospital here."
Doucher spent Tuesday morning dropping off about stacks and stacks of comic books, something Patty Bambrick of the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation has never seen.
"Nothing of this vast quantity," she said.
"And also they're all brand new, which we really appreciate because one of the challenges in the hospital is that we need to make sure we're aware of the possiblity for infection and disease control."
Doucher is challenging other comic book collectors to do the same.
"I would like to see it go right across the country," he said.
"I've coined it the Local Heroes Comics Initiative, so if anyone out there wants to give all their collection, some of their collection, buy some books and donate them to the children's hospital, I think the kids would really love it."