Christopher could be described as a typical little boy – he enjoys Legos, Angry Birds and playing with his younger brother, Lucas. However, his generous spirit and kind heart are anything but typical. Last Friday, Christopher presented Linda Demster, Habitat’s newest homeowner, with a $200 check – his piggy bank savings combined with the money his parents planned on spending for his birthday.
Shelley, Christopher’s mom, shared that he’s been saving money in his piggy bank since he was old enough to walk. Recently, she and his dad, Brian, asked him what he’d like to buy with his savings. They knew he had his eye on a new toy, but Christopher had a different idea. He had recently learned something that was heavy on his heart: some kids don’t have mountains of toys and some families don’t even have a home. He decided that instead of spending his savings on himself or birthday presents from his parents, he’d like to buy a family a home.
Most parents want to give their children all they can, and work hard to instill a thankful spirit for the life they work so hard to provide. Shelley and Brian shared that they often attend charity events and when they go, they tell Christopher they’re “helping kids buy shoes or food or whatever the occasion is.” These conversations have had quite an impression on Christopher – he’s already asking when he can buy someone else a house.
When Christopher’s not outside looking for bugs, he loves pretending to be a superhero. He doesn’t have a favorite, he just loves making up powers and saying he’s a “superhero not a bad guy.” Indeed, Christopher is a superhero, with the mightiest heart.