Brooks uses his birthday to raise money for children in Malawi, Peru and Haiti. Rather than having a birthday party for himself, he would instead request his friends to pool together money and make donations to children half a world away. For his efforts, Brooks was named as one of the 2011 9Kids Who Care.
"The first year, I raised $250 for Malawi to help orphans whose parents died of AIDS. I helped them buy school supplies and shoes," Brooks said.
From Africa to Haiti, Brooks continues to celebrate his birthday for others. As a result, his parents never put a limit on the guest list of his birthday parties.
"I hope I can raise over $10,000 soon. That would be pretty cool," Brooks said.
For two years, Brooks has been a member of Baseball for All, a youth baseball team of disabled and able-bodied players. He is also a leader in Friends of Rachel, an anti-bullying campaign at Blevins Middle School. The group is named after Rachel Scott, who died in the Columbine High School shooting. She left behind diaries expressing her belief in the power of kindness and compassion.
"Just try to spread some good words or do something small and make it go bigger," Brooks said.
Additionally, Brooks is a member of JOY (Jesus first, Others second, Yourself last), where he teaches younger children at his church.
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