OKLAHOMA CITY,Okla.-Most 9-year-olds’ birthday parties go something like this: there’s cake, maybe swimming, and the most important part are the child’s presents.
But, one metro boy has a life lesson to teach- not only to his friends- but to some adults too.
Karson Pillow’s 9th birthday party was like many other boys’ parties, with cake, swimming, and super heroes.
But this year, Karson didn’t want presents.
Karson’s birthday was at the height of the severe weather season.
“So instead of getting presents for my birthday, I wanted to give money to the American Red Cross,” Karson Pillow said.
Why, you ask?
“When we were planning his party there was so much devastation in the news,” Ensa Pillow, Karson’s mom said.
They saw pictures from the Red Cross and watched Mike Morgan’s flood coverage.
Images of the devastation moved this 9-year-old’s heart.
“We watch Channel 4! And I think really it was just the natural disasters,” Ensa Pillow says.
“I really felt bad for those people who had their homes destroyed and some of them got really injured so I really wanted to help them,” Karson said.
So he asked his mom for advice and they both came up with an idea to collect money instead of birthday presents.
“We did checks and dollars and we just when they came they give the money to my momma and after the party we count the money and stick it in the jar,” Karson said.
The jar was delivered to the Red Cross Friday.
“Im donating money to the Red Cross form my birthday party,” Karson told Ted Mcguire, a Red Cross representative.
“We’re really grateful for your donation, we really appreciate it,” McGuire said.
And, $420 dollars later, little Karson Pillow taught us all a lesson in selflessness and compassion.
“I think when you see something good in your children, it’s so much more meaningful, so I’m a very very proud momma,” Ensa Pillow said fighting back tears.
Karson has begun a trend among his friends.
We’re told two of them already have plans to give up their birthday presents when it comes around.
His family plans to make this a tradition.