Naples boy gives birthday money to families impacted by Hurricane Ian

Reporter: Lindsey Sablan Writer: Joey Pellegrino
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Easton Hicks’ 12th birthday party. Courtesy of the Hicks family

When Hurricane Ian hit weeks before one Naples boy’s 12th birthday party, he decided to ensure that people in need got an even bigger gift than he did.

Easton Hicks’ parents debated whether or not to have a party, but they decided their boys needed something to enjoy, so they went to Sky Zone Trampoline Park. Days before, though, Easton decided he didn’t need presents. Instead, his mom texted this message to the other parents:

“Easton will be giving any money he receives for his birthday party to people we personally know who are in need, hurting and lost so much. It was his decision.”

On the day of Easton’s party, his friends showed up and raised more than $600. Easton says he understands the need because his own friends were impacted.

“I have a friend named Trey, his whole bottom floor of his house—wiped out, completely destroyed… he’s a great friend of mine. I just feel I want to help him,” Easton said. “It just made me feel really blessed because it’s so easy to want materialistic things, and to just see what can I do to make a difference… I think that’s really important, and that’s what we’re called to do.”

Easton already gave money to one of the staff members at his school, and he is going to help at least two other families. Easton’s actual birthday is on Wednesday.

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