By TYLER MASK
It’s not every day a child turns “the big 10.” This once-in-a-lifetime feat, marking the end of the single digits, is often accompanied a big celebration filled with gifts and games. However, one Mineral Wells girl has defied the status quo.
Courtney Henderson turned 10 earlier this month, but her celebration was a time of giving instead of receiving.
“Instead of bringing gifts for me, I ask that you bring something to help me fill up these containers for the ‘Dunbar After School Program,’” Henderson’s birthday card read.
Henderson invited friends from Breckenridge, Palo Pinto and Mineral Wells to join in her celebratory giving. She asked that everyone bring snacks and craft items to aide the after school program in feeding the kids and providing things to do.
Her party took place on March 9, mid-afternoon. The event was a huge success. Beth Henderson, Courtney’s mother, provided Courtney with several containers, and by the end of her party, the containers were filled. To make things better, no one brought the same items.
Her mother was very proud of her giving.
“[Courtney] said, ‘I just have too much stuff,’” Beth Henderson said. “[The after school program] was needing a lot of stuff. I said, ‘Instead of you getting gifts, why don’t we ask your friends to help fill some tubs to donate to the center?’ Every girl brought something different. It was amazing.”
Although this might seem out-of-the-ordinary for a 10-year-old, giving is something her family tries to instill in her on a regular basis.
“I am trying to teach her to think of others who are less fortunate,” Beth Henderson said. “She is all about giving. We don’t sell things, we give them away. I am just trying to teach her to ‘pay it forward.’ I am very proud of her. She really cares a lot about other kids. She is just a caring person.”