HINTERLAND-based charity Friends of Ebenezer have made a mark on the lives of thousands of children, including that of five-year-old Mason Reynolds.
The group supports an orphanage, school and community in Livingstone, Zambia, a cause which saw Coast boy Mason donate $362 to the charity from the money he saved from his birthday.
Rather than requesting toys, Mason told his family and friends to make cash donations so he could give it to children who had nothing.
Friends of Ebenezer volunteer Lenore Burton said people like Mason who kept the charity going.
"I sell avocadoes and plants out the front of my house, and also sell greeting cards through the Maleny IGA, to pay for the administration costs," Mrs Burton said.
"Then 100% of the proceeds from the donations people give go directly overseas to Zambia."
Mrs Burton said donations like Mason's were sent to a close friend based in Zambia, who had built a primary school, orphanage and fully functioning farm, to provide for starving children since the charity started in 2005.
Mrs Burton, who lived in Botswana with her husband for more than four years, said the charity was one of the few where all proceeds went directly to those in need.
"It was beautiful that this kid just wanted to help other people's lives," Mrs Burton said.
"His kindness brought me to tears. This is how our work continues - because people are so selfless and so kind in our community."
For details visit ebenezerchildcare.org.