Dundas philanthropist, age 6, donates birthday money to St. Joe's

She has blonde hair, is in first grade and likes to draw with chalk in the driveway. Chloe Joyner, age six, is Hamilton’s newest philanthropist.
Chloe Joyner, 6, aspires to be an artist and likes to draw in the driveway. She's already a philanthropist - she's donating her birthday money to St. Joe's on Wednesday. (Samantha Craggs/CBC)

She has blonde hair, is in first grade and likes to draw with chalk in the driveway.

Chloe Joyner, age six, is Hamilton’s newest philanthropist.

On Wednesday, Joyner will go to St. Joseph’s Hospital to donate $350.

The Dundas girl raised the money at her sixth birthday party on Friday, when in lieu of gifts, her dozen invitees brought donations for the women and infants’ unit.

“I hope it makes the babies in the hospital happy,” Chloe said in an official media statement – her first – this week. “I want to make sure they’re all kept warm with blankets and stuff.”

Chloe’s mother, Michelle, is manager of patient flow at St. Joe’s. That’s how Chloe first heard of the women’s and infants’ unit. She was also born there, and so was her two-year-old sister Alicia.

Chloe told her mother one day that she wanted to raise money for moms and babies instead of getting birthday presents. Michelle and Chloe’s dad, Rupert, asked her numerous times if she meant it.

“We wanted to make sure,” Michelle said. “It’s a pretty significant decision to not have any gifts.”

Chloe had a birthday party at Fortino’s, where the group made pizza and decorated cupcakes. Nearly a week later, she says she has no regrets.

“They’re cute,” she said of why she likes babies.

St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation is also pleased by Chloe’s philanthropy.

“In recognition of Chloe’s gift, we’re pleased to place her own and her sister’s photos on the St. Joe’s Baby Face Photo Wall,” said Sera Filice-Armenio, foundation president and CEO.

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