Boy asks for donations to sanctuary for his birthday
By Jenn Watt
Published March 13, 2018
For Easton Burk’s eighth birthday, he decided that he had enough stuff.
He didn’t want presents, he told his parents Janine and Josh Burk, he wanted to help wildlife.
“I love animals and I already had enough stuff,” said Easton.
So he asked that instead of gifts, donations be made to the Woodlands Wildlife Sanctuary in Minden Hills.
Last month, the 17 guests at his birthday party put money in a jar destined to help injured and orphaned wildlife.
Those donations, plus $50 of Easton’s own money, brought the total to $420.70.
“It made my heart feel happy,” he said.
To make the donation, Easton and his family went to the sanctuary to give the money directly to the co-ordinator Monika Melichar.
“She said happy birthday and I’m very thankful that you gave the money to the animal sanctuary,” said Easton. “And I got to see some of them.”
He saw birds, a falcon, fox, owl, porcupine, turkey vulture and possums, all being cared for by the sanctuary.
Melichar said she was impressed by Easton and pleased to meet him and his family.
“Easton is a true animal lover and it shows with this selfless act of kindness. All of us at the sanctuary, including the wild ones, thank Easton for his generosity and compassion in helping us care for our injured and orphaned wildlife,” she said in an email to the Echo.