In lieu of birthday presents, this pint-sized pair asked party guests to donate to Hathaway-Sycamores
While most kids eagerly await their birthdays and the bounty of bow-topped presents that come their way, two Pasadena kids recently requested that the guests at their joint birthday celebration skip the gifts and instead make a donation to Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services.
The pint-sized philanthropists are a brother-and-sister pair—Cayla and Cameron McFarlane. The siblings—10-year-old Cayla who attends Pasadena Polytechnic School, and 11-year-old Cameron who’s a student at Mayfield Junior School—decided to hold a joint birthday party. Some 80 kids from surrounding schools—including High Point Elementary, Holy Family, Odyssey Charter, St. Marks, and St. Philips—enjoyed a day of dancing and singing to hip-hop hits, and romping in an inflatable bounce-house. More importantly, the youngsters experienced the joy of giving to those in the throes of serious life challenges; in this case, children—many of whom have endured unimaginable trauma—who are receiving therapeutic and other support services from Hathaway Sycamores. By day’s end, these caring kids had donated more than $1,700.
Cayla and Cameron were introduced to Hathaway-Sycamores by way of their mother, Stacey McFarlane, who serves on the agency’s Advisory Board. Commenting on her fund-raising motivations, Cayla said, “I wanted to do something to help the children at Hathaway-Sycamores. I know I have enough toys in my room, and I wanted them to have toys to play with in their rooms.” For his part, Cameron explained, “Cayla and I were lucky to have such an awesome party, and, at the same time, be able to make a difference for the kids at Hathaway-Sycamores.”