Most kids can’t wait to spend a gift card on toys, books, or games.
Nicholas Lane of Marlborough, Massachusetts, however, is not most kids. When Nicholas’s grandparents gave him a $25 gift card to Target in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, all he could think of was the families that might be going hungry in his town.
Sabrina Lane says her son was so concerned about his neighbors that he asked if she would help him use the gift card to buy food for people effected by the economic slowdown. Sabrina agreed to help him stock up on food and personal products to donate to the Marlborough Food Bank.
“I was looking at how people lost their jobs and they didn’t have food to eat,” Nicholas explained. “I used it to buy people food.”
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When Nicholas’s grandparents heard what he planned to do with their gift, they decided to match his contribution. Sabrina, who is a special education teacher in the Marlborough School District, shared her son’s story on their Facebook page, where it went viral. Soon others were joining in and sending donations to help the family buy even more supplies for the food bank!
Within days, Nicholas’s $25 had turned into $1,300! “We bought toiletries and food. They had a list online as to what they needed,” Sabrina said.
Nicholas went with his mother to purchase the supplies, load them into the family car, and deliver them to the food bank. “Some people lost their jobs so that I am happy we have this for people,” Nicholas said, adding, “You can do good with money. Instead of buying for yourself, you can buy for others who don’t have food.”
Now this is a refreshing reminder from such a young kid! He’s already learning that giving to others is often far more fulfilling than buying something for yourself. We’re very proud of you, Nicholas!
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