ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — A 5-year-old St. Paul boy named Liam Schmalstieg-March didn’t want the typical birthday gifts.
Instead, the pre-schooler wanted his party guests to give to an orphanage in Africa.READ MORE: Maple Grove Police Identify Mother, 2 Young Kids Killed In Crash
And now the boy’s gesture unexpectedly have come full circle.
Inside his birthday invitation was a hand-written note telling those nine guests he didn’t want any presents.
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“Please give it to Light of Hope, a school in Africa where some mothers die. And they don’t have much. Love, Liam.”
The money donated will go to purchasing chickens so students can bring home eggs to their families.
Appreciative of the gesture, the students sent Liam back a little something holding a sign that read, “Happy Birthday, Liam!”
“I want him to grow up to be somebody who’s aware of the world and aware of other people,” his mother Kimara Schmalstieg-March said. “And it’s a good start.”MORE NEWS: Climate 'Normals' Just Got Their Once-Per-Decade Update, With These Impacts In Minnesota
When Liam initially saw the picture, his mother said not only was he awe-struck, he started to cry, too.