|Published:||Dec 22, 2010 1:07 AM EST|
|Updated:||Dec 21, 2010 8:33 PM EST|
FORT MYERS, Fla.- Colin Taschner's birthday list is more like a grocery list.
"Cans, and boxes, and juice and applesauce," Colin said Tuesday.
The five-year old decided to forgo presents from his twenty Pre-K classmates this year.
"I just asked him if there were something he would rather do than be collecting that many presents," Colin's mother, Kavitha Taschner said.
Colin opted to help the less fortunate for his recent fifth birthday. He asked for canned goods in lieu of gifts from friends attending his birthday party.
The reasoning behind Colin's cause is quite simple:
"Because people don't have food," he explained.
But Tuesday, Harry Chapin Food Bank boxes are filled to the brim- in part, thanks to Colin. His birthday collection from friends and family added up to 137 pounds of food.
"137 pounds will probably feed about 40 to 45 people. That's a lot of people that are going to be fed this holiday season thanks to Colin," Harry Chapin Development Director Fred Richards said Tuesday.
The food is now part of Harry Chapin's pantry, serving 30,000 needy families each month. But for this little guy packing a whole lot of heart...it's a simple birthday wish, now fulfilled.
"It's extremely unusual that a 5-year old will sacrifice his presents to provide us with food this year. It was just amazing. It says a lot about the generosity of that young man," Richards said.
Colin follows in the footsteps of his big brother, who asked for friends to donate to victims of the Haiti earthquake for his 8th birthday last February.
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