Nicolas Halford

Nicolas Halford

White Rock boy’s birthday wish inspires new kids club

Other children were at the heart of seven-year-old Nicolas Halford's donation this week to Women's Place.

The thoughtfulness of a White Rock boy has inspired a new club at Women’s Place.

Nicolas’ Birthday Club was officially established on Tuesday, when Nicolas Halford dropped by the 20 Avenue facility with his mom and little sister to hand over 10 $20-bills to Denise Darrell, Sources’ director of women, seniors and community services.

“You started something and it’s very special,” Darrell told Nicolas, “so you’re going to have your own birthday club, with your own name.”

The fund – which Darrell noted is the first she knows of, at Women’s Place, started by a child – will help clients of Source’s trauma-counselling program who can’t afford to buy birthday presents for their own children.

It all started when Nicolas was getting ready to celebrate his seventh birthday on Oct. 4.

He knew he could easily have topped up his own stock of toys with gifts from his guests. Instead, he asked those who attended his pool party to give cash that he could donate to a worthy cause.

“I have so much,” the White Rock Elementary student told Peace Arch News on his tour of a Women’s Place play area dedicated to children.

Mom Holly Halford said the acknowledgment grew from discussions at home and school around sharing and helping others in the community who may not be as fortunate.

While Nicolas has always been kindhearted, Halford said she and her husband, Trevor, were “blown away” when their son suggested using his special day to help others.

“He said he gets lots of stuff and he wants to make sure other people have things they need, too,” Halford said.

“He gets it,” Darrell said.

Checking out the children’s play area, Nicolas agreed with Darrell that some Lego and more books would enhance the experience for the children who use it.

As well, “their very own phone,” Nicolas said.

His mother said she hopes other kids will follow Nicolas’ lead.

“It really does encourage kids to get involved, which makes the world go ’round,” she said.