Not many six-year-old boys chose to spend their money on other children, but once in a while one does.
© Herald photo by Jodi Schellenberg
Caiden McKnight, a six-year-old from Prince Albert, is using his money he has collected to buy presents for less fortunate children in the community.
Caiden McKnight of Prince Albert has chosen to spend his hard-earned change on toys for less fortunate children in the community.
“It started out he wanted to sponsor a child but we actually already sponsor a child so we thought of other ideas and he told us he wanted to buy presents for kids who don’t have presents on Christmas so he can make other kids happy,” Caiden’s father Rob McKnight said.
It started not too long ago when Caiden was hanging out with Rob on his bed and asked if he could sponsor a child.
“I said, ‘What do you mean?’ and He said, ‘For Christmas because they don’t have any money or food,’” Rob said. “I thought, ‘That’s great.’”
The next morning, the family was discussing the idea and decided since they already sponsor a child maybe Caiden could help the less fortunate in a different way this Christmas.
“My dad asked me if I wanted to buy presents for the kids that don’t have anything and I said yes,” Caiden said. “I want to see kids be happy that they got a present.”
Not only has Caiden been saving up change given to him by his parents and other family members but many people have heard about what he is doing and have started donating money to his cause.
“People donated at the hospital,” Rob said. “Some nurses gave money, Greg Chovin, he is a lawyer in town and I know him, his law firm is still collecting. So far we have in pocket about $145.”
“I put it on Facebook how proud I was of what he did and people said to put (them) down for money,” Rob said. “We were just going to buy one present and it turned into more. He has been looking at in the catalogue and lots of people have told him how proud they are of him.”
After talking to the Daily Herald, the McKnights were headed to the store to buy presents.
“We will go shopping today and get some,” Rob said. “Lindsay called the Salvation Army and they said the ages is 12 and under. We are going to go to Walmart and let him pick out toys he would want for his age.”
Once Caiden picks out presents, they will be dropping them off at the Salvation Army, the Knights of Columbus or a drop box for donations.
Since Christmas is the season of giving, Caiden is happy to do his part.
“I want kids to be happy they have something because they are sad because they don’t have anything so I want to make them happy.”