Avary Bryan celebrated her birthday with a big party like most four-year-olds, apart from this little girl did not get any presents.
The Fernie tot had a party at the max Turyk gym with a bouncy castle and cake, but instead of getting presents, she asked that her friends donate money to help kids who don’t have much to celebrate.
Her grandfather, Papa Howie volunteers in Uganda, helping orphans, and Avary wanted to help him with his work.
Avary’s Mom, Amber, said, “Instead of presents, we asked for money to be donated to the Uganda Orphans Fund. My dad, her Papa Howie missed the party since he is in Uganda at this time volunteering. Avary told her papa over the phone when he said he was proud of her about sending her birthday money, ‘I also have too many toys that I could send!’
“Money is often the best donation since when volunteers visit they are only allowed small luggage, only $20 a month feeds a child! This is why we chose to do donations rather than something like a clothing/craft/shoe drive.”
Avary’s party raised over $365 in cash and cheques, plus several others made online.