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9/4/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
Helping out his heroes. Six-year-old Lucas Johnston recently gave members of the DeWitt Fire Department $100.31, money he collected from friends and family for his birthday instead of accepting gifts. Lucas’ dad, Andy, has been a member of the department for 10 years and Lucas always has considered himself a member as well. Photo by Kate Howes
DeWitt Fire Department gets an unexpected donation
It might have been Lucas Johnston's birthday, but it's the members of the DeWitt Fire Department who got the present.

As his special day edged closer (Aug. 31), Lucas' mom, Sarah, took a look at the dozens of toys around the house and pointed out he already had plenty.

Then she came up with an idea.

For Christmas, Lucas was given a piggy bank with four different slots: one for spending money, one for donating money, one for saving money and one for investing money.

His dad, Andy, has been a volunteer firefighter in DeWitt for 10 years and Lucas always has looked up to his dad and the other volunteers and even proudly considers himself a member.

Sarah suggested for his birthday party instead of gifts, Lucas' friends bring money - money that can be donated to the fire department.

Needless to say, Lucas was all for it.

"Whenever he has extra money, it's up to him to save it for something," Sarah relates. "Anything he ever saves always has been for the fire department. He always says, 'We need a new truck, mom.'"

So, Lucas ended up collecting $80.31 that he hopes will help the department purchase a new tanker truck.

Even his younger brother, Lane, who just celebrated his third birthday, pitched in another $20 in birthday money for the cause.

For only being six years old, members of the fire department are pretty impressed with Lucas' generosity and are thankful for any donations they receive.

Andy and Sarah are happy their son is so eager to help.

"It makes me feel good and it makes me feel overwhelmed," Andy says. "He's definitely a special kid."

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