All Daniel Jaicks wanted for his 16th birthday on April 9 was a lawnmower.
So, with that big gift covered, Daniel’s mother Joanna Jaicks asked the teen with autism if he would like his friends to bring him gifts at his birthday party or to bring pet food for the animals at South Carolina’s Charleston Animal Society, where he volunteered  — the answer to that question came quickly, his mom tells PEOPLE.
“Daniel chose the animals right away,” Joanna says. “We’re very proud of him for making that choice!”
At his birthday party at Velocity Air Sports, an indoor trampoline park in North Charleston, Daniel collected $95 in cash and checks, two 50 lb. bags of dog food, two 25 lb. bags of food, four 5 lb. bags and a gift bag with cat toys and treats for cats and dogs, from about 30 guests.
All of the items will benefit animals at the …