When 7-year-old Avery Huddleston recently celebrated his birthday, the gifts he received weren’t for him. In fact, none of the gifts were anything you’d typically hope to receive or give to a 7-year-old on his or her birthday.
“It was my birthday. I got people to come and bring school supplies,” Avery told Fox 2.
Avery wanted to help students in Puerto Rico who had little supplies after the devastating hurricane.
Avery, a first grader at TriCity Elementary in Buffalo, Illinois, sent the school supplies off to Puerto Rico with relief workers from a nearby electric company.
The relief workers delivered the supplies to La Escuela Rafael de Jesus, an elementary school in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.
Relief workers used Facetime to show Avery and his classmates the Puerto Rican students opening the gifts.
Through Facetime Avery and his first-grade classmates were able to see the students at La Escuela Rafael de Jesus open the package from Illinois.
“He’s very little, very young, but he has a heart that’s very big like Mt. Everest,” the school’s principal, Waleska Collazo, told Fox 2 about Avery.
Students at the school had been dealing with very little power for several months.
Upon hearing about the school supplies from the 7-year-old boy from Illinois, the town’s mayor donated several backpacks to some of the children at school.
The small gesture meant a lot to the students, who have been attending a school that has been without power since Hurricane Irma hit on September 5, 2017.
The relief workers who delivered the school supplies also had their own surprise for the students.
While at the Puerto Rican elementary school, the relief workers noticed that some of the lights at the school worked but not all of them.
Mike Beardsley, one of the Ameren workers on the trip, was able to find the source of the problem and fix it. Finally, after five long months, the school had power.
The students and staff were extremely grateful.
“If it wasn’t for one kind gesture by Avery, a little 7-year-old boy, they’d still be sitting in the dark at this school,” Beardsley said.