Not many 7-year-olds would request charitable donations in lieu of birthday gifts, but that's just what Calgarian Natalie Gurr did.
The young animal lover asked her friends and family to make donations to the volunteer-run Pound Rescue Adoption Centre, the local adoption centre from which her family pet, a dog named Bella, was adopted.
"She said, 'Mom I think we should give back to Pound Rescue because they gave us our best friend,'" Natalie's mom, Tammy Gurr, told Metro Calgary.
On Sunday, Natalie handed Maureen Hurly of Pound Rescue a cheque for $600.
Natalie's generous gesture inspired her friends. One young girl is now choosing to forego her birthday gifts and donate money to the Children's Hospital instead.
"We're trying to start a movement with the next generation," Tammy said. "Pay it forward, right?"