9-Year-Old Boy Empties Life Savings to Buy Supplies for Homeless Shelter

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There are times when we need to take more care of ourselves and our families. However, we cannot abandon the helpless; the ones that are truthfully in need.

On such occasions, we have to think about the most selfless people who won’t hesitate to help the vulnerable. Like this young hero, Nathan Simons, the 9-year-old from whom we all to learn a valuable lesson. He did a remarkable thing and helped the people staying at the local homeless shelter.

Nathan who lives in Rock Island, Illinois, likes to spend his free time watching YouTube videos. However, his dad Ethan became concerned after his son spent a lot of time on YouTube.

But Ethan was relieved when he found out his son is learning something remarkable out of the platform. From a video on YouTube, Nathan was inspired to spend all his savings and buy supplies for the homeless at the local shelter.

He was inspired when he saw a video of generous people giving money and necessities to homeless shelters.

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Nathan said:

“I told my dad a couple of hours later when I got done watching the video, ‘I wanna do what they did.'”

He asked ones responsible for the shelter that they need and what are they lacking. Ethan wrote down all the items on a list, and together with his dad thet went to the local bank and withdrew $150 from their accounts.

Nathan withdrew all of the savings that he collected in the past 18 months.

He wrote down and bought gloves, shoes, hot sauce, and barbeque sauce and even some treats like pop and cookie cakes. After he completed his duty, he felt proud and happy with himself.

At the shelter he was welcomed by Cindi Gramenz, a development coordinator at the shelter, who told the little boy:

 “You know you’re doing an awesome thing, right? You’re helping a lot of people. At nine years old, to be feeling that kind of compassion for the work we do and for what’s going on in his community is pretty amazing.”

Ethan as a proud dad shared a post on Facebook describing his son’s big-hearted gesture:

“I can’t help it; I have to brag on my kids when they do big things. I hope a few are inspired to do the same, Ethan. I love this.”

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Nathan has reminded us all of the importance of giving at such a young age. He realized the joy of giving is much greater than the joy of receiving.  We can all learn a valuable lesson from this young hero and try to be as generous as he is.

 

Sources: chicago.cbslocal.com

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