If you haven’t yet heard about this amazing kid, let me introduce you to Mr. Haylen!
Haylen is your average 8 year old boy who loves hockey, dirt biking, camping, bugging his sister, riding his scooter, playing with friends and of course he loves the Calgary Flames! ;)
The thing that sets this kid apart and makes him amazing is his heart of gold and his strong desire to help other kids! for Haylen’s 5th birthday he decided to have a 5 for 5 party…. in lieu of gifts he asked his guests to bring two $5 bills… one for him to keep to purchase something for himself and one to donate to a charity of his choice. Mommy and Daddy presented him with 3 different charitable options and explained what each one did. As soon as he heard about the Ronald McDonald House, that was instantly his choice and he was able to donate $100 from his birthday money….
A month or so later, while out playing he comes up with the idea of building a stand so he can sell ice-cream to make some money. When asked what he wanted to do with the money he makes…..assuming he would want to purchase more toys for himself, he stunned us with the reply “I want to donate all the money I make to the Ronald McDonald House, I want to fill up my bucket over and over again, and keep donating it to help all the sick kids in the world” <3
Fast Forward 3 years and Haylen has done just that. He sets up his shop at various business and different locations throughout the province and sells ice-cream or popsicles for $2 each…. Being in Canada he came up with the idea of switching to sell hot chocolate in the winter months! ;)
To date Haylen has DONATED OVER $18,000.00 for the Ronald McDonald House and he has no plans of slowing down.
He loves to set goals along his journey and he keeps on crushing them! The first goal he ever set was to raise $2,011.00. This was reached within a few months.
Next he chose to raise $3,009.00 within another few months he crushed that goal!
He has a theory that “each goal has to be higher and higher” so he set his next goal after one of his hockey heroes, #13, Johnny Gaudreau, and picked $5,013 as his target number. Within the year, he too crushed that goal and moved on to achieve a goal of raising $7,018.00 for the RMH….. #18 after his other hockey idol, Calgary Flames Counterman Matt Stajan! In the summer of 2017 he successful achieved that goal and is now currently working to raise $10,005.00.
#10 after Kris Versteeg & #5 after Mark Giordano <3
Even with all his success Haylen remains a happy, “normal’ 8 year old.
He has been recognized as hero in many different countries… If you Google the Kid, you will find articles written about him in China, Australia, Belize, Vietnam, and many more with his most recent article being published in Ukraine! WOW
P.S. Haylen LOVES to watch the number of 'fans' on Facebook Page grow, so while checking out his FB Page, please be sure to "LIKE" it and show him some love! <3
View his Video with the RMH here:
Haylen Came up with the +1 Donation Challenge game:
This is how the +1 challenge works:
1) Haylen chose the target # of 120
2) He started by asking the first person to donate $1 towards his challenge
3) After that person has made their donation, they will then tag a few friends (to have a few options) to make the next donation $1 HIGHER then the last. (tag friends on his FB Page!)
…. so the next person will donate $2....then that person will tag some people to donate $3…then that person will tag some new people to donate $4…then $5…..$6….and so on…..until someone donates $118, the next donates $119 and then the final donation of $120.00
**At any time ANYONE can jump in and tag some friends or say they would like to make the next donation and claim that next spot...ALWAYS $1 HGHER THEN THE LAST DONATION!!
Haylen will keep track of which number is next to be donated both on this online donation page as well as his Facebook Page! https://www.facebook.com/Haylensshop/
ALL DONATIONS MADE TO Haylen's Ice-Cream Shop WILL BE FURTHER DONATED TO The Ronald McDonald House Charities / Ronald McDonald House Charities Central Alberta / Ronald McDonald House Charities® Southern Alberta ♥
Donations can be made in Cash, EMT or online here by CC
Let the challenge BEGIN....
- Random Donations
- Ice-Cream Sale at PARDS Carnival
- Grande Prairie RMH Golf Tournament
- Grande Prairie RMH Golf Tournament
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