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Published March 25, 2014, 09:12 PM

Fargo child tours claw machines, writes a book, and then donates back to the community

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Some kids collect Legos. Others play with dinosaurs. Then there's Fargo's Keagen Kratcha who likes to hop in the car with Grandpa and go on a "Claw Tour."

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Some kids collect Legos. Others play with dinosaurs. Then there's Fargo's Keagen Kratcha who likes to hop in the car with Grandpa and go on a "Claw Tour."

He got so good at the game, he wrote a book about it. But wait until you see what he's doing with his book sales money.

It is hard to keep up with this 6-year old.

Fresh out of kindergarten this afternoon, Keagen showed us the fine art of playing the Claw Machine.

He has favorites all around Fargo Moorhead.

Keagen Kratcha/ Author and Philanthropist: “I used to like this one big-time, but not anymore.”

We learned to keep quiet, and let the Claw Master do his thing.

Keagen's love for the claw started when he and his Grandpa Paul would go out for lunch on Saturday's.

Paul Finstad/ Keagen’s Grandpa: “We did a claw tour.”

Keagen: “I was three or four, and I have a thousand toys from them, my parents can't handle them anymore.”

Sure he loved lunch and time with Grandpa, but it was this game that called him.

Jenny Kratcha/ Keagen’s Mom: “We thought it was good at first, but then it became obsessive so we discouraged it quite a bit for a while.”

Keagen: “Down there, they have a black claw; I have never won at that one.”

And so with some prodding from family, Keagen took some of the Claw Artwork he created, and wrote a book about his wins and losses with the claw machine.

Keagen: “About persistence.”

But there are life lessons too.

Keagen: “Never, ever, ever give up.”

And there's more. Along with Grandpa Paul, Keagen established a non-profit charity, and a few days ago, he donated sales from his book

Jenny: “A thousand dollar check.”

To Sanford's Children's Hospital.

Finstad: “Learning to give back and having an attitude of gratitude”

He has a few of these Claw winnings, lined up at home, but at the age of six he is sharing his wealth, knowledge of a game we all wish we were good at.

Jason Kratcha/ Keagen’s Dad: “He’s a pretty good player, he has his Dad beat, that’s for sure.”

And a gift of compassion, that others will be grateful for.

Sanford's Children's Hospital used Keagen's donation to buy toys and Keagen's $10 book on persistence and life are still available.

Contact his Grandpa at pfinstad@yahoo.com

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