Help for the homeless -- from the piggy bank of a child

  1. 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.

    http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/cha...10yearold.html

    this put a smile on my face.
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  3. by   Silverdragon102
    very nice
  4. by   ElvishDNP
    THAT is awesome. I feel just a teensy bit better hoping that kids like Micah will be running the country when I'm old and drooly and can't remember who the President is.
  5. by   leslie :-D
    micah and his type, are the kind of kids that possess the type of wealth that we all should strive for.
    what a rich people we would be...
    God love you, micah honey.:redpinkhe

    leslie
  6. by   hillarypeace2006
    How profoundly wonderful and inspiring, I sincerely hope that I can work to instill these types of values into my little ones.
  7. by   Absolutely13
    Quote from hillarypeace2006
    How profoundly wonderful and inspiring, I sincerely hope that I can work to instill these types of values into my little ones.
    They have a good teacher. I'm not worried about it in the least.
  8. by   hillarypeace2006
    Quote from Absolutely13
    They have a good teacher. I'm not worried about it in the least.
    Abs, you're so sweet. Did you just finish finals? I did, and I am so ready for an end of the semester drink!!!!!
  9. by   Absolutely13
    Quote from hillarypeace2006
    Abs, you're so sweet. Did you just finish finals? I did, and I am so ready for an end of the semester drink!!!!!
    I slayed finals and where do we meet? I think St. Louis is in the middle.
  10. by   hillarypeace2006
    Schools should do more of this stuff and volunteer the kids at a young age. I was so saddened and discouraged when I was on skid row recently at how many homeless families were there with their kids among a high population of very dangerous mentally ill people just to get a meal.

    In fact an image that will never leave my mind is when I was standing outside of the pavillion where we were serving and I dropped one the styrofoam containers with meals and a boy of maybe 11 or 12 dove for it like an animal taking hand fulls of spaghetti off of the ground....Nothing short of heartbreaking, kids and adults for that matter need to be exposed to this it makes all of our whining seem so insignificant....
  11. by   hillarypeace2006
    Quote from Absolutely13
    I slayed finals and where do we meet? I think St. Louis is in the middle.
    Ok, give me about 4 hours and I will meet you under that arch thing with patron and some cheap plastic cups....
  12. by   Absolutely13
    Quote from hillarypeace2006
    Ok, give me about 4 hours and I will meet you under that arch thing with patron and some cheap plastic cups....
    Make it 5 hours - I must finish cutting the lawn so my neighbors don't turn me in.

    Congrats, Hillary. Under the arch we meet for an AN high five!

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