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Boy writes, illustrates own books, donates money to hospital

Seven-year-old Christopher Higgins of Grand Falls-Windsor isn’t a world best-selling author yet, but he could be in the future. In the meantime, he is content to create his own books and sell them to raise money for the local hospital. From left, Christopher Higgins; Wendy Houlihan, development officer for the South and Central Health Foundation; and Tyler Higgins, the young author’s little brother.

It’s a do-it-yourself project by a boy who just wanted to fundraise for kids in hospital.

Seven-year-old Christopher Higgins of Grand Falls-Windsor is a creative sort who loves to draw and colour. He also loves Batman, and to help others in need.

He decided to combine the three. Christopher has been busy making books to sell to friends and relatives, and the South and Central Health Foundation has been the proud recipient of the money he raised.

“We were here one day, and he asked us how much medicine costs,” explained his mother, Valerie. “I said, ‘It depends. Sometimes it could be a little bit, and sometimes it could be a lot.’ He came up with this idea to make books and sell them.”

According to Higgins, Christopher saw a story on the news about the Central Newfoundland Regional Health Centre, which said the hospital didn’t have enough beds.

He then offered to donate his own bed.

“We explained that it’s not so much the beds, but the lack of space and workers to look after the ones in the bed,” she explained.

He sold about 15 books and he has about 30 more left. His parents thought the idea was wonderful, and they told him they were very proud.

“We built a playhouse this summer and he wants to turn that into a bookstore and put up posters around town that he will be selling books from there,” Higgins said.

Christopher first started writing and drawing books over the summer, creating his own mini-Batman books. He was drawing pictures and colouring them on almost every page.

He raised $89.20 for the hospital.

“I wrote him a thank you letter and sent a certificate,” said Wendy Houlihan, development officer with the South and Central Health Foundation. “He got his letter in the mail and wanted to come in to the office right away.”

Christopher said he loves to write and draw the books, but he is not sure where all his ideas come from.

“I’m trying to finish a book now,” he said. “It’s called ‘The Dark Knight Rises 2.’ I’m trying to raise $100 this time. That would be for the hospital.”

Organizations: South and Central Health Foundation, Central Newfoundland Regional Health Centre

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