NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A kindhearted and compassionate child, Jordyn Burch wanted to do something to help homeless individuals for her birthday. And last weekend her birthday wish came true.
“Jordyn is an 8-year-old who for her birthday this year wanted to raise some money to support the people who live unsheltered,” said Kendra Gauthier, executive director of the Central Louisiana Homeless Coalition. “And so she has raised $3,000 to support Central Louisiana Homeless Coalition.”
“When I was 6, me and my family went to New Orleans and I saw lots of homeless people and it broke my heart so this year for my birthday I wanted to do the 5k,” said Jordyn who turned 8 Thursday.
Together with a group of friends, they ran at the second annual Central Louisiana Homeless Coalition’s Freeze to the Finish 5k in the 1-mile fun run and 5k as the Homeless Heroes. At the end of the run, while posing for a group photo with about 160 other runners and walkers, they sang “Happy Birthday” to Jordyn. She was presented with some cupcakes and a certificate for her achievement in raising $3,000.
Before last Saturday, to help her raise funds for the Homeless Coalition, Jorydn posted a fundraising video online.
“It’s just really taken off,” said Jordyn’s mother Crystal Burch. “It’s been really overwhelming to see the support from the community and even people from other states that have donated.”
“Even since she’s been very young, she has a very, very kind heart — very compassionate — and is just very sensitive to others who are in need in any way, and so I guess that definitely had something to do with it,” said Burch.
The New Orleans trip deeply impacted Jordyn who has been wanting to help homeless individuals ever since.
“Every time she would pass someone, she’d say, ‘Mom, we need to take them some food.’ Always wanting to do something little,” said Burch.
“So this year for her birthday she was trying to think of something big and we found out about the 5k, which was two days after her birthday, which was really perfect,” she said. “As soon as I told her about it, she just got really excited, and knew that that was exactly what she wanted to do for her birthday.”
Burch is also striving to make the community better through her job for an educational nonprofit.
“So I think that just kind of runs deep in our blood to be able to give to others.” she said. “And help build the community in any way that we can.”