BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - On the surface 9-year-old Hunter Ullrich seems like a run of the mill kid. Whether it's doing homework with his sister Paige, tossing the football with his dad, or trying to win family board game night. Hunter's mom Katy says he has an amazing givers heart.
Katy says, "Initially I asked him if he wanted to come volunteer with me. And pretty soon he was asking me to go. I could tell he enjoyed it. That he enjoyed giving back to the community. We definitely volunteer through St. Vincent de Paul. We like to go down into the shelter and serve."
Hunter enjoys serving others. He says, "I thought it would be a great thing to help other people and help the dogs who don't have homes."
Michael Acaldo with St. Vincent de Paul says it's a true blessing when children are the ones giving back. Acaldo says, "A lot of 9-year-olds have a lot of different things going on in their lives, but for him to take the time to come and serve the homeless, visit with those who we are dedicated to is remarkable."
Birthdays are always full of presents for kids Hunter's age. But Hunter did something special for this last two birthdays.
Hunter says, "Instead of birthday presents I got donations for the dogs." His mom says it was all Hunter's idea. She says, "Hunter didn't even hesitate. He wasn't worried about not getting gifts or anything like that. He was more worried about what kind of donations can I get for the animals."
As for his role model, Hunter says he doesn't have to look far for his role model. "I look up to my mom because she always wanted me to do it and I decided that it would be a good thing and I've enjoyed doing it."
Hunter's mom has some sound advice for parents wanting to get their kids volunteering in the community.
She says, "It doesn't matter what your age is. That you can give back to your community and help other people. So I thought he was a good role model and could model that for other kids as well."