A Remarkable Birthday Gift from Joshua


Last week, Joshua, a student at Ardargh Bluffs School, turned 9.  While most kids Joshua’s age would have been asking for toys, video games, or movies, he wanted something different.

Joshua asked his family and friends to give him money for his birthday instead of gifts.

No big deal.  He was probably just saving up for a special gift or didn’t want to receive gifts that he already had, right?


Joshua took the money he received and, with his mom’s help, spent it all on groceries for Youth Haven.

Joshua had recently watched a presentation from Youth Haven Executive Director, Lucy Gowers, at his school.  He was so moved by the stories of youth experiencing homelessness that he knew he had to do something, so he did!

“Joshua is such an impressive young man.  We are so grateful that he focussed his entire birthday on helping out Youth Haven.  Thank you, Joshua!” – Lucy Gowers, Youth Haven Executive Director

Joshua – Thank you so much for your incredible efforts to help our clients.  You are an inspiration!


Did Joshua’s birthday generosity inspire you?  Why not make a small donation to Youth Haven in his honour?

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