LANSING | Skye Foster will be 9 on Friday.
So when she started talking about her birthday while her mother, Nichole Brown, put her to bed one night in August, Brown thought it was too early.
"She said 'Mom I want to donate my birthday to kids that don't have as much as I do,'" Brown said. "I thought it was a cute idea but I really didn't think she was serious."
But Skye was serious and this weekend she'll be having a party where she's asked for Walmart and Target gift cards, which she'll use to shop for presents for two third-grade girls at Patton Elementary School in Riverdale, where Brown's husband, David, is a principal.
"I think more kids should donate their birthday," Skye said. "Kids should start caring for others while their young. It feels good to be helping others."
Skye says she got the idea while watching the Disney Channel. A girl on a segment asked people to donate shoes for an orphanage rather than buy gifts for her birthday.
Brown said Skye's interest in helping others started when she helped deliver donated gifts to families for Christmas in 2011.
"I feel proud that at such a young age she's developed a sense of responsibility for those who are less fortunate than she is," Brown said.
Skye plans to buy the girls winter necessities, like hats, gloves and scarves. But she also wants to buy them fun gifts, like clothes, hair accessories, books and jewelry.
And she doesn't mind missing out on her own presents this year.
"I really can't think of anything I would want at this time but I know someone in my family will probably get me something," Skye said. "Whatever I get I will appreciate it because my family chooses good gifts."
To donate a WalMart or Target gift card to help Skye, call Brown at (773) 621-4369.