A BIBLE school drop-out who began his career as a social media prankster wanted by police has spent $1000 buying toys for Sunshine Coast kids.

Jimmy Kellogg, better known by his online name of Jimmy Darts, has gone from making social media videos for a laugh to making videos for the greater good.

The 20-year-old from the small American town of Walker, Minnesota, surprised shoppers at Kawana Toyworld on Saturday when he offered to buy the children in the store "anything they want".

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Geoff McKnight, who was in the shop with his three children aged between three and seven, initially thought it was some kind of joke.

"But they were deadly serious and had no hidden agenda other than to give the gift of kindness and joy to children," he said.

At no point did Jimmy share his faith or the reason for his benevolence.

It was only when Mr McKnight went to the till that he found out Jimmy was travelling the world, doing Bible studies, raising money and spending it on children.

Good Samaritan Jimmy Darts handed out free toys to children.
Good Samaritan Jimmy Darts handed out free toys to children. Warren Lynam

Store manager Karen Ellis said she had spoken to Jimmy a couple of times, checked his YouTube site and found that his only aim was to share goodwill.

His YouTube channel Jimmy Darts has more than 18,000 subscribers and some of his good deeds have been viewed more than 200,000 times.

Ms Ellis said he was in the store a couple of hours "surprising kids and buying stuff in the store".

"He wasn't trying to covert people, he was just doing good deeds. He didn't even tell them about his YouTube site," she said.

Jimmy said he had come to the Sunshine Coast five months ago to do Bible study with a church group, but decided to quit and go out on his own.

It wasn't his first visit to the Sunshine Coast, but last time he left under less happy circumstances.

"I was over here four years ago and the police were looking for me as I was pranking cops," he said.

NO PRANK: Good Samaritan Jimmy Darts handed out free toys to children. Jimmy (centre) is pictured with his helper Rylee Brown (left) and Kawana Toyworld manager Karen Ellis.
NO PRANK: Good Samaritan Jimmy Darts handed out free toys to children. Jimmy (centre) is pictured with his helper Rylee Brown (left) and Kawana Toyworld manager Karen Ellis. Warren Lynam

At one stage caused traffic chaos when he pretended to be sleeping in the road in Mooloolaba, near Oceans Resort.

"When I got back to the hotel, about 20 cops were waiting for me and said I can't be doing that," he said.

Then Jesus "changed his life" and he deleted his prankster videos so he could focus on making ones that showed "God's love through positivity".

He does not share his faith in his videos as he said he was sick of church "hypocrites".

"I've learnt that it is better to illustrate love than to shove it down their throat."

Jimmy raises funds through his good deeds on his GoFundMe page Help Jimmy Darts Give Back.



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