help for the homeless -- from the piggy bank of a child
posted by kate santich on may 5, 2009 7:55:50 pm
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when the kids at westside elementary school
in daytona beach joined a move to collect funds for homeless children, they had no idea how far their generosity would go. for one thing, westside is not a rich school. some 90 percent of the students there qualify for the government's free or reduced-cost lunch.
one of the most selfless contributors turned out to be 10-year-old micah ingram, a fourth grader who has been saving change in a piggy bank since he was 6. micah decided to donate his entire four-year fortune -- $14.32 -- to the cause. when asked if he had considered simply giving a portion
of his savings, micah said the thought never crossed his mind.
"i just wanted to help all the homeless kids," he explained shyly.
when the grown-ups who work for the homeless children's fund of the community foundation of volusia/flagler
heard about the students' campaign, they were moved to match the kids' contribution.
the total? more than $6,000. that's some serious coin.
and it's seriously needed. in volusia and flagler counties, more than 2,000 people are homeless on an average day. nearly half are children -- and most of the children are under age 6.
this put a smile on my face.