Kid Gives Up Birthday Presents To Save More Animals
Not many 8-year-olds spend their birthday counting blessings. Typically, it's a time to count the presents - the video games, toys and gadgets friends and family so dutifully deliver.
What kid in his right mind would give up all that kind of loot?
Well, this kid.
And his mind couldn't be more right.
Benjamin Walker of Fort Worth, Texas, gave up on presents for his birthday. Instead, he asked friends and family to give to animals - a bounty that amounted to more than $3,148 in cash and supplies.
All of it went to the Humane Society of North Texas (HSNT).
"I just really love animals," he told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "I don't really need that much gifts for my birthday. I already have a bunch of stuff."
The donation included more than 400 pounds of dog food as well as cat litter and toys.
"This was by far the largest gift we gave gotten from a young adult in the recent history," Whitney Hanson of HSNT tells The Dodo. "Honestly, we were just overwhelmed with gratitude."
Of course, that spirit of giving to animals runs strong in the Walker family - a family that has been a strong supporter of the HSNT, even adopting one of the shelter's longtime residents, a cat.
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.