Birthday party planned to help soldiers

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A small boy with a big heart is celebrating his birthday differently this year.

Instead of toys or a new pair of shoes, 7-year-old Estevan Medina asked people to donate money to the Wounded Warriors Project.

His parents say what started out as a small fundraiser spread throughout their community.

When Estevan Medina told his parents how he wanted to celebrate his birthday this year, the two were shocked.

“Do you really know what a fundraiser really means if you’re doing it for your birthday?” said Sabrina Medina, the boy’s mother.

But once Estevan Media explained why, his father, Ezekiel Medina, says he couldn’t say no.

“When he said, ‘I want to help the soldiers,’ it all clicked like, OK, this is what he wants to do,” said Ezekial Medina.

Estevan Medina says he’s always been interested in the military.

“The military is our guards. That way, evil won’t come into our country,” Estevan Medina said.

He says it’s time we help wounded veterans returning from battle get better.

His parents say Estevan Medina did all the legwork, from designing the flyers to asking businesses to sponsor the event. What started as a barbeque for family and friends soon spread like wildfire and leaders of the American Legion say little Estevan Medina is an inspiration.

Estevan Medina’s parents say they have no idea how much money they’ve raised, but explain they’ve both accepted multiple donations over the week in the hundreds from people who couldn’t make it Sunday, so they expect that final number to be a big one.

Estevan Medina’s parents say when he was in kindergarten, Estevan Medina raised $500 in three days for a breast cancer walk.

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