For the average elementary school-aged kid, birthday presents are something eagerly looked forward to. For one little girl in Pocatello, Idaho, the most exciting thing about her birthday gifts is giving each and every one of them away—something she’s done two years in a row.
Kaydence Cluff has always had a heart for giving and blessing others, her mother Kasey shared with the Idaho State Journal.
“She always wants to buy and do things for other people,” Kasey said of her daughter, who began giving away her birthday gifts when she was just eight years old. “We’re certainly proud of her.”
“I felt just pure pride. It’s a proud parent moment to know that your child wants to give, not receive.”
“I know a lot of kids don’t get presents,” Kaydence shared with the newspaper, “and I just wanted to make a difference and help other kids get toys.”
Instead of the usual mountain of birthday presents many kids are fortunate to receive, Kaydence asked only for new, unwrapped toys to donate to Toys for Tots.
This gold-hearted little girl also spent over $100 of her birthday money this year to buy toys on Black Friday, the State Journal noted, “ranging from baby dolls for younger children to remote control cars and scooters for older children.”
Kaydence shared that she was able to donate twice as many toys this year, and the nine-year-old already has big goals for the good she’ll do on her tenth birthday: “Next year I’m thinking of doing Toys for Tots and the children’s hospital.”
As the donation site for Toys For Tots in Pocatello, the staff at the Courtesy Ford dealership shone the spotlight on Kaydence and gave her a bit of well-deserved public praise for her generosity.
For Kaydence, the sky is the limit when it comes to giving to the less fortunate. “I’m going to try to do it every year and give more every year,” she said. “That’s my goal.”
Don’t worry, though. Kaydence didn’t end her birthday without a little something for herself. “I told [my family] they could also bring a present for me if they wanted to,” she said. “But that’s their choice.”