Birthday Boy Collects Gifts for Others
Birthdays mean parties, presents and cake to most children. One young Wheeling boy, however, used his recent birthday to bring some happiness to residents at Good Shepherd Nursing Home.
Four-year-old Sebastien Molina, the son of Josalyn Ice and Scott Molina of Wheeling, asked friends coming to his fifth birthday partynot to bring him any presents. “Instead, he asked them to bring something that we could donate to the residents of Good Shepherd ‘Nursery’ Home, as he calls it,” Ms. Ice said.
Now a kindergarten student at Woodsdale Elementary School, Sebastien attended pre-school at Holy Family Child Care Center, which operates next-door to Good Shepherd. “He and his classmates used to go down and sing for the residents at Good Shepherd,” she said. “They always had a Halloween parade so the residents could see the kids in their costumes.”
As Sebastien’s birthday approached, his family discussed the fact that he and his sister Avalen already have plenty of games and toys at their home. “Sebastien agreed that we really didn’t need anything more,” Ms. Ice said. “My husband and I talked about several charities that Sebastien might ask friends to support, and he picked Good Shepherd. He remembers how happy the older people always were when the children visited.”
His friends brought personal care items like lotion, hair products, lip balm and lap robes to Sebastien’s party, which the Molina family delivered to Good Shepherd this week. The residents were delighted to see their young friend and happily surprised to receive gifts in celebration of his birthday.
“He just melted when he saw how happy all the residents were,” his mother said. “He looked just like Santa Claus, walking around, passing out presents and hugging everybody. It made him so proud and happy.”
Some people spend a lifetime looking for the secret to happiness. At just five years of age, it appears that Sebastien Molina has figured out ¬that happiness comes from helping others.
Good Shepherd resident Jack Robson, left, receives a gift from Sebastien Molina and his mother, Josalyn Ice.