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High 5: Boy forgoes birthday gifts to help the needy

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HOLLADAY -- This week's High 5 goes to a mother and her 7-year-old son. The boy gave up birthday presents to help those in need.

Ryley Hammond's grandmother, Charlotte Bell, nominated the boy and his mother, Jennifer Hammond, for the High 5.

High 5: Boy forgoes birthday gifts to help the needy

Bell said Ryley planned a birthday party. Then his mom told him there was a desperate need for food at the Utah Food Bank. When she explained to him that the food bank helps people in the community and might even help some of his classmates, he willingly agreed to forgo the birthday presents and have his guests donate a can of food instead.

Jennifer said, "When we asked him, I told him, ‘You have so much … and there are so many people in need.' So I said, "Dad and I will give you gifts. Why don't we ask your friends to bring cans of food we can give? We have so much.'"

"I was so amazed at what people gave," she continued. "Instead of a can of food people brought bags of food."

As part of the High 5, Ryley and his mom received a gift certificate for a birthday party for up to 30 people at the Living Planet Aquarium for next year's birthday fun.

If you know someone deserving of a High 5, nominate them here.


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Brooke Walker


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