A Mississippi boy used his birthday as an opportunity to help out two kids without a father.
Carson Atkins of Hattiesburg didn't want any presents at his ninth birthday party earlier this month, according to The Huffington Post.
Instead, the boy asked guests to bring donations for the children of Officer Benjamin Deen, a policeman killed in the line of duty along with a colleague on May 9.
The boy's mother, April, said the party raised nearly $1,000.
She added her son has always been a charitable but Carson's father, Jonah Atkins, was still very surprised at the idea.
Seven deputies from Lamar County Sheriff's Department arrived at the party, unannounced, to personally thank Carson with law enforcement patches and medals.
But the most heartfelt gift was provided by the fallen officer's brother, Josh Deen.
He gave Carson his brother's baseball card collection they started when they were kids.
Josh Deen told The Clarion-Ledger the boy restored his faith in the existence of true generosity and compassion.
Carson, he said, possesses the same selflessness that made his brother a hero.