Noah lives in Boise, Idaho. This year he wanted his birthday party to be much more than a fabulous celebration. Noah chose to give half of the funds raised at his party to Smile Train, a charity that provides free cleft surgery to hundreds of thousands of children in developing countries. Some kids cannot eat, or speak properly. Some kids face very difficult lives filled with shame, isolation, pain and heartache. The good news is every single child with a cleft can be helped with surgery that costs as little as $250. Seven year old Noah has now changed the life of a little child needing cleft surgery.
Not a surprise, Noah’s parents are extremely proud of him. He bought a Kindle for his birthday present, so he can read even more, and he made it possible for a child to smile again. Noah, there are many others who are very proud of you today. Everyone at ECHOage is smiling for you, too.
For their 7th birthday, Dylan and Jacob got a Nintendo DS, Mariokart and Super Mario. Autism Speaks got $797.50!Posted: November 30, 2012
Meet Kira who turned 10 doing what she loves. Kira chose to support Cancer Free Kids because she is part of the Kindness and Caring Club at her school and she is always looking for new ways to help others. Cancer Free Kids is working everyday to eradicate cancer as a life-threatening disease in children by funding promising research that might otherwise go unfunded.
Kira chose her birthday gifts – Best Buy gift cards – because she really loves playing on her iTouch and her Nintendo DS, and now she can get more games.
Kira’s mom Ali had this to share about her special daughter:
“Kira has a heart for children who are ill and she wanted to help in any way she could. I love ECHOage because it is an excellent opportunity to open a child’s eyes to the bigger world. It helps them understand that there are people that need our help and this reiterates to her how blessed she is. My daughter really wants to help others in need, and this was another great opportunity to share her love for people!”
Inspiration can strike at any time. For this six year old, it was a recent trip to Australia that had Maya talking about native animals and how she can help.
“I love animals and I rally want to help them, to make sure they are ok an safe. I really love my dog and cat at home and I also love rabbits, kangaroos and wombats!”
It was a natural fit for Maya to choose WWF.
We are so pleased that this birthday party is helping to support WWF’s mission: to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.
Quite an impressive achievement for this very special six year old.
Happy Birthday and happy X-Box playing to you, Maya!