BEDFORD — Isaiah Kai Rubin Baker may only be 13 years old, but he has already begun to make his mark in the world.
At his recent bar mitzvah brunch, Isaiah didn’t want gifts. Instead of offering table favors, he and his family decided to give $1 to each of his young guests and challenged them to donate the money to a charity of their choice.
Isaiah inspired his young friends and his siblings to donate, and some of the money reaching across the globe. One donation went to help villagers in Burundi, Africa, and another to help the homeless in Tennessee. One family of three children bought fundraising bracelets and sent a card to someone diagnosed with cancer, and others donated their money to the animal shelter and also took the time to play with puppies awaiting adoption.
Isaiah’s siblings also donated their dollars. His brother Micah, 8, visited the Home Health and Hospice Care in Merrimack to donate his money in honor of their grandfather who had been cared for at the center. Brother Emet, 11, gave his money to a friend at school to help his sister who has cancer and whose parents raise funds for Team Emma’s Enchantment to fight the disease. In addition, Isaiah’s sister Silin, 6, participated in the interfaith Nashua Crop Walk two weeks ago to raise money to feed the hungry.For Isaiah, the son of Davida Rubin-Baker and Yami Baker, the money was just a token in the hopes to inspire others to be charitable.
“Giving makes me feel like a part of the society I’m in and makes me feel like I can make a difference,” Isiah said. “Even small amounts of money can help, but giving is not just about giving money. Giving can also be giving your time to help others.”
Giving is important, he said, “because if you were in need you would want others to help.”
“Everyone can give something. Even for those who don’t have much at all, they might be able to give someone a plate to eat on,” he said. “When people see one person giving, it’s more likely that others will give. If one person donates a dollar that might inspire two others to donate a dollar. These two others will inspire not only more people to donate just a dollar, but maybe to do even more than that.”