Sammy Kobayashi: youngsters ‘pay it forward’

Sammy Kobayashi decided it would be a kind thing to do to donate her hair for children’s wigs that have lost their hair due to cancer.

Sammy Kobayashi

Sammy Kobayashi

A couple years ago, Sammy Kobayashi decided it would be a kind thing to do to donate her hair for children’s wigs that have lost their hair due to cancer.

So she talked both her sisters into it, and they donated over 10 inches of beautiful hair each.

They got to see where the hair was processed and got shown how it gets woven into a band or wig.

Her last birthday was in March and she invited all her friends but she didn’t want gifts.

She asked instead that her friends and family bring in a small donation for her favorite charity, Critter Care Wildlife Society.

She raised $152.95 and her family took it to Critter Care on Sunday, Sept. 16.

Sammy, her mother Mary, and her sisters, Bailey and Jamie, got a little private tour of the facility. They watched baby squirrels being fed with a syringe — a highlight! — and saw some young raccoons and then saw the resident bobcat “Hoover”.

That’s where the family took the photos, in front of Hoover’s cage.

The girls can hardly wait for their next birthdays and are already thinking of different charities.

Jamie wants to donate shoes to underprivileged children in third world countries.

And her mother Mary owns Aldergrove Daycare where Sammy has started a bit of a trend: one of her friends raised money for B.C. Childrens Hospital for her 10th birthday not too long ago.

All of the girls are feeling good about “paying it forward.”