Jacob Hauka asked for something different for his 10th birthday this year – toys and games for the young patients at Langley Memorial Hospital.
This isn’t the first time Jacob has chosen to forgo gifts for himself – since his fifth birthday, Jacob has collected donations for charity. The donations he has collected have supported the Vancouver Aquarium (twice), BC Children’s Hospital, World Wildlife Fund and a Canadian shark research foundation.
This year, his mom Carla suggested that rather than donations of funds, perhaps he could donate items. She provided examples: toys for kids in hospital; pet toys and supplies to the SPCA; food to the food bank. As Jacob and his sister were both born at Langley Memorial, he was very excited about the opportunity to provide toys for children in the hospital "so they can have something fun to do while in the hospital," he said. He asked guests to his birthday party to bring toys for the hospital. All the guests told Carla that they and their children had so much fun shopping for the kids.
“I would like to express our sincere gratitude for the selfless act of Jacob and his family, who donated several toys and activities to the kids on the Pediatric Unit at Langley Memorial Hospital, instead of receiving birthday gifts for himself. The children of Langley who are convalescing will now be able to just feel a little more ‘normal’ while in hospital,” says Shelley Krautsieder, Patient Care Coordinator, Pediatrics. “It keeps them active and thinking and makes the time go by more quickly, especially if they are unable to leave their rooms. It is an amazing quality to be so kind and generous and it’s much farther reaching than this story can ever begin to acknowledge. THANK YOU FOR PAYING IT FORWARD, JACOB!”
Generosity is something that can be learned by children at an early age. Children who give at an early age are more likely to continue giving as they become adults.