Greeleyville boy dedicating 8th birthday to other children in need

by | December 4, 2017 12:40 pm

Last Updated: December 4, 2017 at 10:41 am

Dec. 10 will be a special day for Mark Williamson.
Not only will he be 8 years old on that day, but the Greeleyville resident will be giving back to his community in one of the most selfless ways possible.
“Everyone who knows Mark knows he has the biggest heart; he will go out of his way to open a door for a person,” said Linda Williamson, the Laurence Manning Academy student’s mother.
Mark has decided to use his birthday to help those less fortunate than himself.
“He is having a birthday party (at 2 p.m. Saturday) at Fayz on the Lake,” said Williamson. “He has asked everyone to bring an unwrapped gift for a child in need and no presents for him.”
williamson said her son’s idea came from a conversation about how there are “some kids who never get anything for either their birthday or Christmas.”
“We were talking about how close his birthday is to Christmas, and how some kids never get anything for either,” said Williamson. “I asked him if he would like to have a party that would help kids in need.”
Mark, she said, was excited and decided to forego any presents for himself. He even plans to use his own money to purchase a gift for the occasion.
None of this was a surprise to his mother.
“He is in first grade and has never once been in trouble at school. This boy loves tractors and to be on the farm with his dad. He also loves helping others.”

comments » 4

  1. Comment by John Timmons

    December 4, 2017 at 18:37

    This is one amazing little fella that I was honored enough to meet as being his coach for recreation coach pitch baseball.. Definently a one of a kind child especially for his age… I know his parents are proud. HAPPY BIRTHDAY little mark and I will see you Saturday

  2. Comment by Laurine Garrity

    December 4, 2017 at 22:51

    I won’t be able to attend his party , but would llove to donate a gift. How can I get a gift to Mark for his wonderful event ?

  3. Comment by David Timmons

    December 4, 2017 at 22:55

    I have known him and his parents a long time. I have the honor of calling them friends. He’s a great kid with great role models as parents. Good job Mark and Happy Birthday !

  4. Comment by Becky Driggers

    December 12, 2017 at 08:32

    Happy Birthday Mark! Mark is one of the sweetest kids I have met & has been a special friend to my daughter Rylee. I told her he was doing this & her response was ” That’s my buddy Mark, he is a sweet person”

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