9-year-old Student Empties His 18-year Savings To Buy Supplies For Homeless Shelter

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Nathan Simons, 9, , from Rock Island, Illinois, did a remarkable thing to help his local homeless shelter.

Like all youngsters Nathan enjoys watching YouTube videos, much to the concern of his dad Ethan.

However, his dad’s concerns were allayed when Nathan saw something on YouTube that inspired him to empty out his own personal savings to buy supplies for a local homeless shelter.

Nathan watched a YouTube video of people giving money to homeless shelters and was inspired.

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

Nathan then got in touch with his local shelter and then asked for a list of items they needed, he then went with his dad to their local bank and they each withdrew $150 from their accounts.

Nathan’s money was all of his savings from the past 18 months.

The kind boy bought gloves, shoes, barbecue sauce, and hot sauce as requested by the shelter and even some treats such as pop and cookie cakes. “It makes me feel happy and proud of myself,” Nathan said.

Waiting for them at the shelter was Cindi Gramenz, a development coordinator told Nathan: “You know you’re doing an awesome thing, right? You’re helping a lot of people.

She added: “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,”.

On Facebook, Nathan’s proud dad shared his son’s big-hearted gesture. “I can’t help it, I have to brag on my kids when they do big things,” he wrote.

‘The lesson learned from a growing heart’
“I hope a few are inspired to do the same, Ethan. I love this,” one Facebook user wrote. While another added, “raising a great young man there, Ethan.”

Source: The Epoch Times

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