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Birthday Boy Asks for Canned Goods Instead of Presents to Feed Homeless

A young Abilene boy is using his birthday as a way to help the less fortunate.
A young Abilene boy is using his birthday as a way to help the less fortunate.

Brady Villanueva celebrated his 9th birthday at Play Faire Park Saturday afternoon. Instead of receiving presents, he's collecting canned goods and other non-perishable items to help feed the homeless.

"I thought of the people who couldn't get presents and I thought it was unfair to them," Brady says. "I thought they should have presents too."

His mother, Crystal Lane said he was always a generous kid, even calling himself a "kid missionary."

"He always had a giving heart," Lane adds. "I'm very proud of him and I would say he's my hero."

It all started when Brady was seven years old. According to his mother, Brady was going to undergo dental surgery but needed to calm down. So when she asked what he'd like for his birthday, he requested to collect canned goods.

"I gave him two months to think about it, and he pretty much stuck with it." Lane said.

Last year, Brady collected nearly 1,100 canned items. This year, he's already surpassed the amount with a little over 1,500 items.

"Knowing your helping someone feels great," says Brady.

In addition, Brady also collected money and school supplies to help children who lost everything during the tornadoes in Moore, Oklahoma.
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