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When a parent leads by example, it inspires a child. When a child leads by example, it inspires a community.

A 7-year-old boy from Abbotsford, B.C., decided to commemorate his latest birthday a little bit differently than usual. When Chase Miller’s mother asked him what he’d like to do for his special day, he suggested they do something for someone else instead of the typical cake and presents for him.

Chase decided to give $50 to the Starfish Backpack Fund, a charity that helps provide children in need with a proper, healthy lunch at his and other schools, and encouraged his network of friends of family to donate $1 each to the cause, instead of giving him presents for his birthday. His goal was to raise $100. Modest, but achievable. A good, solid goal.

Soon, after a little help from his mother and a Facebook Page, Chase had raised $8,300 from his friends, family, friends of friends and complete strangers. Goal achieved.

“We had strangers, complete absolute strangers, they’ve never interacted with me or my family… donate tons of money,” said Chase’s mother, Eliza Miller. “I cried almost every single day.”

Thanks to Chase’s idea and the generosity of those he inspired, the charity will continue to feed over 255 students at Abbotsford schools, making his birthday initiative a smashing success.

We just have one question for the young philanthropist: what are you going to do for your eighth birthday?