Instead of asking for presents for his 7th birthday in April, Noah Hall King asked for donations so he could give the money to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
This is his third year raising money for the community. On his 5th birthday, Noah raised $1,200 for the Ocoee Fire Department. Last year, he raised $1,800 for the Ocoee Police Department.
At the NICU, leading neonatologist Dr. Gregor Alexander has spent nearly 40 years caring for thousands of premature and sick babies. Dr. Alexander said he is inspired everyday by the tiny babies and their families as he nurtures little lives to health.
Tuesday, Dr. Alexander and his staff were inspired for a different reason. The 7-year-old presented the NICU with a large check.
"Having Noah give us these funds, it's an inspiration to all of us," Dr. Alexander said. "To have a young boy at this age, having the spirit of philanthropy, deciding to make a difference in this world, it's just an amazing type of experience to all of us."
Noah spent months raising the money for the NICU, going door-to-door to local businesses, and with some help, even creating business cards and a website where people could donate.
When I asked how he felt knowing that money will be used to help thousands of babies for generations to come, Noah replied simply, "I think that's going to be amazing."
It is amazing. And through the years, even Dr. Alexander hasn't seen anything like it.
"We've had a lot of people supporting the neonatal unit, but Noah is really the first child that has decided that instead of having birthday presents, he wanted the money to come to the neonatal unit," he said.
Noah raised $7,000 for his 7th birthday. That's $5,000 more than his goal.
The NICU is using that money for a piece of equipment that will provide breathing support for their tiny patients.
As for Noah, he's already planning his next donation. For his 8th birthday, he wants to help the homeless.
If you would like to donate, visit www.givetonoah.com