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A nine-year-old boy asked his friends and family not to buy him birthday presents this year — instead, he wanted money.

With that money, he will help arm police dogs with bullet-proof vests.

Ethan Flint’s generosity inspired so many people that he ended up raising more than a thousand dollars.

He handed a homemade check for $1,290 to a foundation in St. Paul, Minnesota, that is buying vests to protect the city’s police K9 units.bretagne-and-denise-barkpost-submitted-cropped

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“This kid has a heart of gold,” St. Paul Police Spokesman Steve Linders told ABC News.

Bullet-proof vests for dogs are expensive, as much as $2,500 each for the type the St. Paul Police Department uses. Ethan’s money will be combined with a restaurant’s donation to buy two vests.

(WATCH the video below or READ more at CBS News) – Photo: KSTP video

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