Little boy, big heart
Five-year-old gives back to Baine Harbour Volunteer Fire Department with thoughtful gesture
The Baine Harbour Volunteer Fire Department was the recipient of a big gesture from a small boy this month.
It started when department members visited Rushoon’s Christ the King School for Fire Prevention Week in October.
Their presentation left an impression on five-year-old Jay Walters of Boat Harbour.
“He came home with a little bag of stuff that the fire department had given (the students), and he wanted to see what was inside, so I took it out and there was a little money bank,” Jay’s mother, Krista Keating, told The Southern Gazette on Monday, Dec. 17.
When Jay and his mom put the cardboard bank together, the young boy came up with a big-hearted idea – he wanted to fill it up with money and donate it to the fire department for gas.
“Then I explained to him his grandfather had been a volunteer firefighter years ago, so I said we could donate the money in memory of him, and that’s what we did,” Krista said.
Jay was invited to the fire department’s annual meeting on Dec. 11 to present the $100 he collected.
For his thoughtfulness, the fire department made a presentation of their own. Fire Chief Christopher Keating found several bunker jackets in amongst the props for concerts and plays at the old community centre.
“His grandfather’s jacket was one of them, so we give it to him,” the chief said.
Krista’s father, Thomas Keating, was lost at sea in 1992.
“He was pretty impressed,” she said of her son’s reaction to the gift. “He said that when he can grow into that jacket, he’s going to be a fireman, too.”
When he was leaving, the firefighters asked Jay if he wanted his bank back, Krista explained.
“He said ‘Yes’ because he wanted to do it again,” she said, adding they then took up a collection. “He left with about $60 to start again for next year. We’re hoping now that we’re going to make it an annual tradition.”
Chief Keating said he and the other department members were very moved by Jay’s generosity.
“You don’t see that very often,” he said. “For a five-yearold boy to take it upon himself and actually think, you know, I want to help these guys, it was heartwarming.”
Jay Walters presented his $100 donation to Baine Harbour Fire Chief Christopher Keating on Dec. 11.
After members of the Baine Harbour Volunteer Fire Department visited Rushoon’s Christ the King School in October, Jay Walters, age five, came up with an idea to help them out.
The Baine Harbour Fire Department was amazed by the generosity of five-year-old Jay Walters.