Bruce, Cody and Natalie Hardt decided to hold a special event to benefit the WJBC Brotherhood Tree on Cody's "golden birthday." He will turn 12 on 12-12-12. (Photo by Beth Whisman/WJBC)
By Beth Whisman
HUDSON - A person only gets one "golden birthday." That's the day you turn the same age as your actual birth date.
For Cody Hardt of Hudson, his golden birthday will be doubly special because he turns 12 on Dec. 12, 2012. Yes, he'll be 12 on 12-12-12.
The sixth grader at Kingsley Junior High wanted to do something memorable to mark the occasion. So, he reached out to his parents and friends for ideas and they came up with a birthday party that collects gifts for other children. His parents, Bruce and Natalie Hardt, are regular WJBC listeners and encouraged Cody to donate the items to the WJBC Brotherhood Tree.
"I thought it was a pretty good idea, especially around the holidays, " said Bruce. "Cody has always been pretty giving."
Cody and his family will host the party Open House-style in Hudson on Wednesday. The items collected will join thousands of other donated gifts on Saturday when Brotherhood Tree volunteers deliver gift bags to families across McLean County.
Cody had a few ideas for people shopping for 12-year-old boys.
"I like iTunes gift cards. I like putting together Legos and I still want a flag football set and maybe whiffle ball," he said.
The deadline to donate a 2012 Brotherhood Tree gift is Wednesday. Gifts for children (infant to 18 years) should be wrapped and tagged with what's inside, then dropped off at one of the many collection sites in McLean County. For gift ideas, Click Here. You can also donate via PayPal.
Drop Off Locations:
Cody mentioned his mother's "Gold Punch" during the interview. We had a lot of requests for it, so his mother agreed to share the recipe with WJBC listeners.
Natalie's Any Occasion Punch:
In a very large bowl:
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