It's a spirit that was kindled early in Benjamin.
"He is a philanthropist," Hanson says. "I am excited to see what he does when he grows older. He is just really generous and a really sweet kid."
Which is why, on his eighth birthday, Benjamin didn't need to count his blessings. He became a blessing. Thinking about doing something similar? The Humane Society of North Texas, which cares for about 25,000 animals every year, could use the help. Donate here.
You can watch a video of Benjamin's incredible gift here.