SPOKANE, Wash. -

A Spokane boy celebrated his 11th birthday on Tuesday but his birthday didn't include presents for himself.

"I'm getting shoes for all the kids that don't have any and all the shelters out there," Chase Loney said.

Chase didn't spend the day opening up gifts; instead, he opened up dozens of shoe boxes for others in need.

"I just knew that some kids didn't have anything so I wanted to give them something, because I didn't want them to feel like they weren't wanted," Chase said.

All Chase wanted for his birthday was for people to donate shoes to the Union Gospel Mission. With the help of his mom, word spread fast and shoe donations started piling up. Chase ended up collecting way more than he expected.

"At least 688 pairs," Chase said.

August 27 is a special day for Chase and now, it's a special day for kids like Samantha Lang, who picked out a brand new pair of shoes on Tuesday.

"I like these shoes," Samantha said. 

Now, 8-year-old Samantha has just one thing to say to the birthday boy.

"Thank you," she said.

Chase might be young but he's teaching us all an important lesson: It's always better to give than receive. He's a selfless kid who's helping hundreds of local kids start off the school year on the right foot.

"It's an amazing thing that he's doing, and it feels great. We are so proud of him," Chase's mom, Michelle Sorensen, said.