Posted at: 01/14/2013 8:39 AM
By: Heather Mills, KOB Eyewitness News 4
A young boy with a big goal is showing the world that if you put your mind to it, you can do anything. He's this week's Hometown Hero.
Eight-year-old Dylan Haugan is beaming. "It's one of the biggest days of my entire life."
He just fulfilled his birthday wish - a wish to help others.
"He said, 'I don't want birthday presents for me. I want shoes; shoes for other people,'" Dylan's mom Joy told us.
Dylan has cerebral palsy, but he's never let that stop him. His mom says he's not only a fighter, he has a huge heart.
"He's just been a strong kid ever since he was born. He's just always had that strong will to him, he's just very compassionate about other people,” she said.
That compassion is evident.
We caught up with Dylan when he was delivering more than 100 pairs of new shoes to St. Felix Pantry in Rio Rancho.
Dylan says he got the idea while he was watching TV.
Joy said, "He goes, 'What person wouldn't like a new pair of shoes?'"
"I know it's very important for other people because other people don't have what I have," Dylan said.
St. Felix Pantry says they're thrilled with any donation, but this one was extra special.
"Getting the opportunity to learn from any eight-year-old is amazing," said Manuel Casias, vice president of development and marketing for St. Felix Pantry.
He added, "More than a hero, this kid's a saint," Casias added.
Dylan said, "Lots of people are giving me support. That support made me think that I could, that I could do anything."
That's something he's out to prove, with family by his side.
"We're really proud of him. Huh?" Joy said, "He's a good boy."
Dylan already has big plans for his next birthday. He said he's considering collecting blankets or canned goods.
If you'd like to donate to St Felix Pantry, contact them here: http://www.stfelixpantry.org/