(CNN)While most kids would ask for the hottest toys for their birthday, five-year-old Tyler Sliz from Libertyville, Illinois, asked for something unexpected -- bedding ... yes, like blankets, pillows and sheets.
A five-year-old boy asked for bedding on his birthday and donated it to kids in need
In a video to guests of his birthday party, which took place last October, Tyler asked for bedding so he could donate it to Sleep in Heavenly Peace, an organization that builds, assembles and delivers beds to children in need.
"He told all of the guests that if they brought anything else, he wouldn't play with it," Tyler's mom, Jackie, told CNN.
Family and friends arrived with bags of blankets, pillows and sheets in hand. Two guests gave Tyler money, but even that he used to buy more bedding, Jackie said.
The Sliz family initially learned of Sleep in Heavenly Peace through their church St. Joseph Catholic Church. Tyler wanted to help build beds, but his young age didn't allow that.
"[Building beds] was something Tyler was wanting to do because he really likes carpentry work and working on projects with his dad," Jackie said. "But to build the beds, you have to be 12 years old."
So instead, Tyler turned to donating bedding and what started out as a small birthday request has grown. Tyler's cause even caught the attention of Illinois Rep. Mary Edly-Allen, who gave Tyler a check, according to his dad, Brad. Tyler, of course, used the check buy more bedding. Since his birthday, Tyler has helped donate 125 pieces of bedding to Sleep in Heavenly Peace and more donations and checks keep coming in, Brad said.