- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) - If you happen to see the “Box Boy” bouncing around the West End section of Johnstown, wave at him.

He’ll be happy to wave back.

“I just want to make people smile,” said Will Dill, a 17-year-old senior in the Greater Johnstown School District.

Dill has been dressing up as “Box Boy” for the past seven years.

He first got the idea after watching a YouTube video.

“I just thought it would be cool to walk around wearing boxes,” he said.

“It’s entertaining for me and for others. It’s a hobby. I’m kind of pretty famous now, I think. People will see me and say, ‘There goes “Box Boy.’” “

The “Box Boy” has gotten so popular, he has his own Facebook page.

“He’s an awesome kid. He’s hilarious,” said Heidi Niebauer, who serves as a mentoring specialist for Dill and others with GoodGuides at Goodwill Industries of the Conemaugh Valley.

“He’s super creative.?He’s very resilient.”

Dill said he has used 20 different variations of boxes since he first got started.

“Some boxes got torn, some got wet and some just wore out,” he said.

Dill has drawn numerous reactions through the years while walking the streets in the West?End or performing for fellow students.

“Some people see me and they wave at me,” he said. “Some other people see me and say, ‘He’s creepy,’ and they take off running.

“No matter how they react, I just wave at them and tell them to have a nice day.”

Dill drew plenty of laughter over the Labor Day weekend during the Cambria City Ethnic Festival when he slipped on a box from?Leo’s Pizza.

It eventually ripped while he was dancing and he had to throw it away.

Dill said he’s not sure when he will give up on being the “Box Boy.”

“Eventually, I may just pass it on to someone else,” he said.

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Information from: The Tribune-Democrat, https://www.tribune-democrat.com

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