These are typical items you’d expect on a 5-year-old’s birthday gifts wish list, right? Well, this year, Jane Buddle asked her birthday party guests for something quite different than what is listed above: she suggested instead they bring a nice card with a monetary donation for Breakfast Club of Canada.
Jane collected an array of cards from her young friends that day, as well as an impressive $120. Others decided to donate online too, so in total, the birthday girl raised a whopping $220 – that is more than enough to feed a student breakfast for a whole school year! When we saw this generous donation come in with a mention of the little 5-year-old, we were all happily surprised and we just had to learn more about her.
It turns out Jane chose the charity she wanted to support herself, with a little help from her parents: ‘We talked about schools right here in our area where children can’t learn or play as well because they don’t have enough food to give them energy’, said her mom, Stephanie Anderson. She believes it’s important to teach compassion to children: “My kids love presents, and they get plenty from parents, grandparents, and other family members. But when we talk to our children about poverty, talk to them about hunger, tell them there are people, even within our own community, that are struggling with the most basic necessities of life, then they realize that there is a responsibility associated with being abundantly blessed as they are, and they step up to the plate!’, said the mom of four.
For the Buddles, philanthropy is a family affair: Jane’s brothers, David and Thomas, have been donating birthday money for several years already. Every time, they get empowered to choose the charity they want to support based on what cause resonates the most with them. She did mention their youngest, Baby Elliot, has a few years before he gets to choose his favorite charity, but he will follow the tradition!
Stephanie is a proud mom, and she hopes more families are encouraged to organize celebrations like Jane’s recent party. Events ‘with less stuff, and more giving’: “Children are so generous, we just have to give them the opportunity!’ We couldn’t agree with her more. As we celebrate the holiday season, let’s take a moment to think about how our children, or children around us, can help others that might not be as fortunate. It easier than they might think, and it sure does feel good.