One young boy’s early celebrated birthday turned into an early Christmas gift for the Lacombe Fire Dept. and Lacombe Firefighter’s Association.
On Monday afternoon, six-year-old Konnor Britsky stopped by the fire hall to donate all $240 of money received for his birthday, officially at the end of the month.
“His birthday is Dec. 29 but no one can ever make it, so we have it early. This year he asked for a cash donation from all the kids in his class,” said mom Kalyn Britsky. “Instead of keeping half – which is what we were originally going to do so he could buy a gift, too – he’s donating it all.”
She explained they got the idea from one of her son’s former classmates who had done the same. Konnor, who she says is just a naturally kind-hearted kid, fell in love with the idea, and decided to do the same. Last year, he gave his money to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lacombe and District, and this year, he chose to give it to the fire dept.
As for the funds, they’ll go towards the fire department’s ongoing “Project Paraguay,” where they send various needed equipment overseas to Paraguay to aid fire departments there. Previously they’ve shipped over a fire truck and other used equipment.
However, Lacombe Fire Chief Ed van Delden says there are Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) items they can’t find used, such as gloves and fire hoods, and must buy brand new, and that’s where donations, like Konnor Britsky’s, are much appreciated.
The donation is made even more special coming from such a young member of the community.
“At age six, that’s everything. It’s like you and I putting it all in at a (card) table. It’s pretty significant,” he said. “It warms my heart to see that, and of course it’s not just Konnor, it’s the family extending those values.
“It’s in step with what we think we’re trying to do here as well – serve the community and make the community, and beyond the community, a better place.”
While Britsky left the entirety of his birthday money with the fire department, they didn’t let him leave the fire hall empty-handed and gave him a mini fire truck of his own as a thank you gift.