4-year-old Combined Locks girl turns birthday party into a charity

Four-year-old Ella Bast Saturday, March 7, 2018. (WLUK/Pafoua Yang)

KIMBERLY (WLUK) -- A 4-year-old from Combined Locks turned her birthday party into a charity.

Ella Bast turns five on Wednesday but celebrated her birthday Saturday. For Ella, the most important part about her special day are the gifts.

"Bring them to the hospital to give them to the sick little boys and girls to make them feel better," Ella told FOX 11.

The birthday girl plans to donate all of her birthday presents to the ThedaCare Regional Medical Center in Neenah.

"We were driving in the car one day and Ella just said, 'hey mom I think I wanna give my birthday presents to the sick kids at the hospital', and I was just shocked at first. My jaw dropped and was like 'okay we'll see what we can do to help you out," explained Ella's mom, Tracey Bast.

Bast said the idea came after Ella saw how something as small as a sippy cup helped comfort her little sister in the emergency room. Ella was also encouraged when she saw her older sister donate a Christmas gift.

"I didn't think at first she understood the impact like, okay I'm not going to get any birthday presents this year, but she's been really good about it," said Bast.

ThedaCare spokeswoman, Megan Mulholland said Ella and her friends' generosity will help make the hospital a better experience for kids and their siblings. Mulholland told FOX 11, the hospital gives kids coloring books and games to help them stay occupied and comforted.

"We'll get some wonderful donations to our foundation or people will drop off some goodies but this to an extent of a party is not common," said Mulholland.

Bast said everyone can learn something from Ella.

"I just think its important for her to show everybody that it doesn't matter if you're 4 or 5 years old, that you can still give back to the community you live in," said Bast.

If you are interested in helping, you can drop monetary donations to Tanners Bar and Grill in Kimberly until April 11th. The restaurant is also donating $1 for every chicken tender basket sold. You can also deposit money into the Ella Bast savings account at your local Capitol Credit Union.

Ella will use the money to buy more gifts. So far, the family has raised $650.

For more information contact Tracey Bast at

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