Kaitlyn E. from Bristow Virginia woke up this morning to the sound of singing and firecrackers. This is a custom in Guatemala and Miracles in Action wanted to extend this birthday wake-up (by phone) as a way of saying thank you for her contributions over the past 3 years. She turns 11 today, and instead of receiving gifts, she is asking for donations to Miracles in Action. This isn’t the first time she’s done this! It was after her 7th birthday that she came to a realization that she didn’t open or play with half of the toys she had received. After hearing about the needs in Guatemala, Kaitlyn decided to do something. She told her mom, “A lot of other kids don’t get the kind of birthdays you give me. A lot of my toys would make them really happy. I want to help them.” She chose Miracles in Action because of her personal ties to her “Auntie Di” [Miracles in Action Board member Diana Csutak) and when she saw a photo of the Guatemalan girls her age, she felt an immediate connection.
Last year, she didn’t have a party so she decided to host two jewelry parties to sell some of the beautiful handmade products created by the Guatemalan women. She was able to raise over $2,000. She also wrote a formal request to her school principal to sell the Guatemalan keychains at school and raise more money. Kaitlyn realizes how fortunate she is to have her family, nice home, good education and so much more. She wants all the kids in the world to have the same experience. Her goal is to be able to raise enough money by her 16th birthday to open up a school in Guatemala.
Her mother states, “I am truly proud of her kind and generous heart and that at such a young age, she is blossoming into a beautiful young lady with good morals and values. She’s an inspiration to me.”
Miracles in Action thanks Kaitlyn for her caring heart and very generous contributions to Miracles in Action and wishes her a very happy birthday!