During the break Sebastien visited family in Romania. Before he left the U.S., he told his parents that he wanted to take all of his savings from his piggy bank and give them to his best friend from Romania and his cousin. He carefully fit in all the bills into his paper wallet and once he arrived in Romania, he split them evenly between his friend, Bogdan and his cousin, Michella. He also took a few of his favorite clothes, games and sunglasses to give to his friend.
While in Romania, his Grandpa gave him money to go to the shop down the street and buy some chips. Sebastian said that instead of buying something for himself that he will give it to his friend. His Grandpa replied that although a nice gesture it is not necessary since his friend will receive money from his own grandparents to buy whatever he wants. Sebastian was very disappointed in his Grandpa’s answer and said to him:
“ What is more important in life? Buying chips or helping out a friend?” He was very serious when he said it. I don’t think his friend needed help but he thought having this money would mean so much more to his friend then to him. He clearly valued his friendship more.
During the many visits to Romania, he noticed how modestly people live there and he always feels the need to help enrich their lives in whatever way he can.
Sebastien, we are so impressed by your kind heart and generosity!