In this season of generosity, we often hear of fundraisers, public suppers and other deeds that go toward helping the less fortunate. People give gifts to friends and family and often donate time, money and energy to make sure everyone has an enjoyable holiday.
It’s even more heart warming when we see this kind of selflessness in a child. École St. Thomas student and eight-year-old budding philanthropist, Trystan Miskiw, again showed this virtue when he recently donated all of his birthday presents to Rudolph’s Roundup ... for the third year in a row.
When asked what inspired him to donate his birthday gifts to the charity he said, “I wanted other people to have a good Christmas like I did.”
Originally, he had wanted to donate to an orphanage, but seeing as there aren’t any in the area, Rudolph’s Roundup seemed like the next best thing. He said knowing his toys will help the less fortunate have a better Christmas makes him “happy.”
Shauna Cheriyan, media studies teacher at LCHS and organizer of Rudolph’s Roundup said, “I thought it was great because I have an eightyear- old and I think it’s a big sacrifice to give up all your presents when you’re that age. And this is the third year in a row that he’s done that, so it’s pretty commendable.”
Now Miskiw’s little sister Taryn, 5, is following in his footsteps and will be donating her next birthday presents as well.
Rudolph’s Roundup was started 17 years ago between LCHS and the Interval Home when they started to raise money and collect items for the women and children who use the shelter’s services each year.
Items they look for are things like toothbrushes, shampoo and other necessities the women may need, and of course, toys for the children who are there as well.
Cheriyan said so far this year the Roundup has raised about $2,500 and roughly four van-loads of items, Miskiw’s birthday presents included, which are all going to the cause.
“I think it’s a very positive experience for the kids at the school here to have a way to give back to our community,” she said. “I just think it’s a good way to give back at Christmas.”