Kid Samaritan

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Now that the holidays are over, many children are looking forward to their birthday when they can receive more presents, but one Lynn Haven boy who celebrated a birthday Saturday wants to help a charity rather than stock up on more toys.

Eight-year old Joseph Kinch is like most boys his age, throwing a big birthday bash with his classmates and family, but unlike most birthday parties, there's no pile of presents at the Kinch house this year.

He asked for charitable donations instead of presents. Joseph set up a fund to help pay for uniforms and field trips for kids who can't afford them at Bay Haven Charter Academy where he's in second grade.

He also is collecting money for the American Cancer Society's Rock Program. That's where kids with cancer and their families take a trip to Disney World, and Relay for Life, another fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. All this giving was Joseph's idea.

Joseph's father, Dan Kinch, says, "It really surprises you when your child comes up with something like this, it's really touching and emotional.

Mom, Ruth joins in the family pride.

"I couldn't think of what to get him and then he did this. It's like Dan says, you can really learn from your kids."

Joseph's last birthday raised more than $300 for "Joseph's Fund" at Bay Haven, but he doesn't lament about the presents he gave up. He says it bought a lot of uniforms and field trips for kids who needed them.

Joseph's sister is following in her brother's footsteps. She also started a fund for Bay Haven Charter Academy, raising money to keep up the playground equipment and get new art supplies for the kindergarten classes.