No birthday presents, just donations, please, for 11-year-old

And now, a kid who isn’t being invited on the TV morning talk shows to talk about taking selfies: Olivia Konrardy-Buchal, 11, profiled today in the La Crosse Tribune.

Olivia, of Onalaska, Wis., isn’t that interested in selfies. She’s not that interested in herself. That’s why she started a tradition a few years ago of asking family and friends not to give her presents for her birthday; donate to her designated cause instead.

The most recent cause: the La Crosse Collaborative to End Homelessness.

“I donate something. Last year, it was the (Coulee Region) Humane Society,” she tells the Tribune’s Mike Tighe.

“If people need help, I always feel like I should try to help,” the fifth-grader said.

The Coalition had a goal this year of finding housing for 10 homeless families by the end of January. It did.

  • Robert Moffitt

    The kids are alright.

  • AL287

    I have a feeling this lovely eleven year-old doesn’t possess a “smart” phone or have a Facebook page but in this case Facebook would accomplish its original intent—to bring communities together and work for the greater good.

    Parents everywhere should take note. Meaningful experiences do far more for your children than the latest technological gadget.