Alex Renouf didn’t want presents for his birthday. He wanted cold, hard cash.
In a world where 8-year-olds like him are saving for ipods and the latest gadets, it’s not unexpected for kids his age to make such a request.
What is unusual is what Alex wanted to do with his money – give it away.
© ADAM MACINNIS – THE NEWS
Alex Renouf loads a turkey into a shopping cart at the Westside Sobeys while his dad Peter and a Sobey’s employee watch on. Alex took money he got for his birthday and bought food for the Pictou County Food Bank.
Alex took all the $400 he got for his birthday and got his parents to take him to the Westside Sobeys, where he purchased three grocery cart loads of groceries which he took to the Pictou County Food Bank.
Alex’s birthday is Dec. 12 and he had a party Dec. 14 at Funtopia.
“I asked people for money to bring their money to the party and I got the money in some cards,” Alex said.
The money came in $5s $10s and $20s from the 31 people he had invited.
“I wanted to buy food for the people who don’t have as much money to buy food at Sobeys or other places,” he said. “I thought it would pretty special so people could have a very Merry Christmas.”
Alex said he had gotten the idea of giving instead of getting for his birthday from a friend. His parents were quick to encourage him with the idea but made sure it was what he really wanted.
“We told him, if you want to have a party and have presents we’ll absolutely do that, but he said he wanted to do this,” said his dad Peter.
His mother Megan, said they still gave him presents from the family, but she was glad to see him act unselfishly.
“Alex is a pretty good kid,” she said. “He likes to think of others so we’re pretty proud of him.”
“Our hope is that other kids might be inspired to do something like this for their birthdays.”
Alex had no regrets as he filled a grocery cart Wednesday morning.
“It makes me feel warm inside,” he said.
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