Massachusetts boy skips birthday gifts, gives to sea turtles
BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts 6-year-old's love of sea turtles prompted him to forgo birthday gifts this year and ask instead for money he could donate to sea turtle rescue efforts. Jasper Rose, of Watertown, collected $550 for Boston's New England Aquarium from his April 2 birthday. He and his family presented the check to aquarium officials Friday to mark Earth Day and asked that it be used for its sea turtle rescue program. Nigella Hillgarth, the aquarium's president and CEO, said her staff was "really moved" by the gift. Ananda Rose said her family visits the aquarium often and her son got the idea for the donation after visiting its Animal Care Center, where dozens of sea turtles found stranded on the beaches of nearby Cape Cod are treated each year.