Boy Donates Birthday Money To Therapy Dog Program

ColbyWe all could learn a lesson from Colby Jarvis.

Instead of asking for toys or gifts for his birthday, this seven-year-old boy asked for donations — donations for the VCU Medical Center’s therapy dog program.

Colby heard about the therapy dog program and how much it helps people, and he gave all of his birthday money, $177, to help the dogs in the program.

He said, “I really wanted to help some dogs. I like to take care of dogs and I really love dogs.”

Colby has his own dog named Briar.

His father said, “I’m extremely proud. He did this all on his own, and I think he’s always had a really giving spirit.”

Source: NBC12

8 Responses to “Boy Donates Birthday Money To Therapy Dog Program”

  1. Michelle says:

    Wow! Way to go Colby! There should be more people in the world out there like him. And just to think he’s only 7 years old. The world can learn from a boy like this!

  2. Lynn says:

    That’s wonderful! What a great kid. And great parents to have raised him with the right values.

  3. Poodlluver says:

    I agree with michelle and Lynn,
    What a GREAT kid, and it speaks a TON about the parents!
    SUPER job!!!

  4. Scott Jarvis says:

    Thank you Michelle, Lynn and Poodlluver. I’m Colby’s dad and very proud of him. As a parent, you always hope you are raising your kids right. It’s hard without the “manual” the doctors forgot to give us for each of our kids. :) It was wonderful to get some validation that we’re on the right track. The best part was that Colby did it not expecting ANYTHING in return. He knew nothing of the news or possible 15 seconds of fame. All he wanted to do was get to meet Bama and play with her for a few minutes. Dogs on Call was able to make that happen.

    Our family has found gift after gift out of this experience. The timing of the actual donation reminded us all of what giving is all about, especially around Christmas. At a time when we often get caught in finding the best deal or getting the lights and decorations up quickly, or trying to organize a flawless holiday dinner, we get short, frustrated, and overwhelmed. This year, if the turkey isn’t perfect or the lights aren’t just right, or if I pay a little more for some present, it doesn’t matter. Family, friends, giving and remembering how prescious life is are what matters. Your comments have added to the joy of this experience and the holidays. Thank you for taking time to view Colby’s story and posting your comments.

    Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year.

  5. Klondike says:

    Thanks and have a Merry Christmas Colby and family! (Including Briar, of course.)

  6. Supermommy says:

    Way to go, Colby!!! I think that’s sweet that you gave your birthday money…and therapy dogs are so important, too! Good for you!!

  7. Pat Pearson says:

    I, too, would like to say what a great kid I think Colby is & what a fabulous job Scott Jarvis & his wife are doing teaching him correct values. Just think how much better this world would be if there were more parents like the Jarvises.

  8. kb says:

    Thanks for posting a happy story!

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