Staci Evans, Director of Shelter Operations, and Paul Sexton, HIbiscus CEO, were delighted to receive this very special donation from Sebastian (center).
Sebastian, a local 10-year old boy, was asked by his mom, “What do you think you should do with the money you have saved to buy yourself something”? Sebastian immediately said, “I think I want to give it to the kids who don’t have a home or stuff like I do”.
Sebastian had been saving his money for three years to buy himself a very special scooter. He saved every birthday gift, Christmas gift and any other money he was given. He had a plan and knew exactly what he wanted to purchase with his savings.
But that all changed when his family helped him buy the scooter. Sebastian still had quite a bit of money saved to buy anything else he wanted to. He talked to his mom, Joanna, who suggested he think about others that are in need. This guidance helped Sebastian think about other kids who are not as fortunate as he is. Through her work, Joanna met a Stuart resident who was an avid supporter and volunteer for Hibiscus Children’s Center. When he shared about the needs of the abused children living at the Shelter, Joanna knew she wanted to share this with her son.
Sebastian and his mom visited the Hibiscus Shelter in Jensen Beach so that he could donate all the money he had saved, plus they purchased gift cards for the children to enjoy eating out. The staff was impressed with how graciously Sebastian gave all his money that he had worked so hard to save all these years. With a big smile, Sebastian told the staff that he was happy to donate the money to the kids because he knew they didn’t have a home or a lot of toys like he did. His mom shared that she just made the suggestion, but left the decision up to Sebastian and of course, she was very proud of his selfless decision.
Sebastian’s generous donation will directly impact the lives of abused children at the Hibiscus Shelter. The Shelter is a safe haven to 36 abused, abandoned and neglected children who receive educational and literacy services, medical and dental care, and mental health services to help them recover from the trauma of abuse.
What a wonderful gift this young man has given to abused children. At 10-years old, Sebastian may not fully understand the extent of the abuse these children have suffered, but he certainly understands that they are less fortunate than him, and that was all he needed to know to help make a difference for other kids.
For more information about how you can get involved to help abused children, please visit us at HibiscusChildrensCenter.org.