Silverdale boy gives away toys for kids in Oso

Jordan Barrie poses with his
Jordan Barrie poses with his 'babies' that he donated to Oso children. He told his mother he wanted to donate the toys after he saw photos of the mudslide on The Weather Channel.
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Among the food packages delivered by a Bremerton couple to Oso was another special package. It was from a 5-year-old boy named Jordan Barrie who wanted to help too.

Barrie, who loves to watch The Weather Channel, saw the mudslide photos and immediately wanted to help, his mother, Rika Barrie, said.

Rika Barrie works with Ellen Wood at Fred Meyer, and told her co-worker how her son wanted to help.

“It goes to show you can help at any age, whether you’re 75 or five,” said Ellen Wood of Barrie’s contribution.

The evening of the mudslide, when Barrie called his mother to say goodnight — she closes at the store some nights — he told her of his plan: to donate his stuffed animals to the children impacted.

“It would be really sad if all our stuff went away,” Jordan had told his mother over the phone.

He also told her he wanted to give his “babies” away to other “children who are sad.”

The five-year-old, familiar with donating his unused toys and clothes to Goodwill, grabbed the garbage bag his mother had given him and started tossing his stuffed animals in.

Everything from his little brown dog to a bright green teddy bear went into the bag. His mother said she was shocked by her son’s generosity, and was even more surprised when he awoke that next morning and still hadn’t changed his mind.

“It makes me proud to know he’s five, and he knows when bad things happen in the world, you do what you can to make it right,” she said. “He just kept dumping them in there. He kept a handful of his favorites, but just about all of them went.”

When Ellen Wood shared the story with a volunteer who took the bag of stuffed animals, Wood said the woman burst into tears.

Just a few weeks after his good deed, and even as the adults talk around him about what he did and how nice it was, Jordan Barrie doesn’t seem to think what he did was all that amazing.

When asked why he decided to share, he gave a simple enough answer: “Because.”


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