IN TODAY’S AGE OF…
“AND I WANT A BUNCH OF IT!”
Let us explore children’s birthdays:
When I was a child, birthdays were a fun-filled, family event.
You could count on a delicious cake, handmade with love.
And a nifty present or two.
Well, in case it’s been a while since you’ve attended a good, old fashion children’s birthday party…
things have changed just a bit.
Nifty gifts have changed just a bit…
And that handmade cake...FUHGEDDABOUDIT!!!
Get yourself on Pinterest baby, because this is what is expected of you today!
But…every once in a blue moon, someone different appears out of nowhere, reminding us all of what is really important…other than chocolate, that is.
MEET SARA HAYS: THE LITTLE PHILANTHROPIST
Name: Sara Hays
Home State: Georgia
Interests: Sara Hays is an extremely active girl. She loves to play soccer, jump on the trampoline, do gymnastics, swim and ride horses. She’s also a very social and well-rounded young lady. She grew tomatoes and peppers in her own garden this summer. She enjoys playing the piano, having tea parties, playing with her American Girl Dolls, and being active in her Church. It should, however, be noted that she does not like to clean her room.
I caught wind that Sara Hays was planning something a little different for her 9th birthday on Facebook. Sara Hays and her big brother, Jackson (age 11), were planning to run a 5k called “Race for the Orphans.”
Instead of birthday presents, she was asking friends and family to donate money to the cause. Sara Hays’s family said the idea was her own…which really left me wondering:
Seriously??? A nine year-old who would rather raise money for orphans than receive birthday presents? And this was her own idea? How could this be? I had to find out more. So I dug a bit. What exactly IS “Race for the Orphans?” This is what I discovered:
RACE FOR THE ORPHANS 5K
More than 360 runners and walkers participated in the inaugural RACE for the Orphans in 2013, an event that successfully helped raise necessary funds to bring a little girl from China home to her Newnan, Georgia family. The ongoing mission of RACE for the Orphans is Raising Awareness, Compassion, and Education about the needs of orphans around the world. Each annual event is a fundraiser to help other local families who also have a heart to adopt and love an orphan. The RACE atmosphere provides an exciting and family-friendly time of healthy competition. More importantly, though, the adoption momentum grows when a community comes together for the united objective of helping to reduce the world’s 150+ million orphan population…even if by just one child at a time.