Sophia and her mom were leaving a local Target store when she noticed a lady holding a sign. She couldn’t read it, but she asked her mom what it said. Her mom explained the lady was seeking help to feed her children. They needed food. As they drove away, Sophia’s eyes gazed out the window at the lady. She told her mom she wanted to put her piggy bank in the car. Her mom asked, “Why?” Sophia simply replied, “Because all kids should have food to eat.”
Sophia’s mom was amazed, and she smiled at her daughter’s reply. As a teacher, she knew first-hand of the need of students who receive free and reduced-price lunches during the school year, and are left struggling during the summer.
They made a plan. Sophia and her mom went to the bank and cashed in the coins from her piggy bank. It totaled forty-five dollars.
A few weeks later Sophia and her mom visited their local grocery store. They noticed a food drive was going on – organized by West Metro Fire-Rescue. They went back home, grabbed her money, and returned to the store.
Sophia and her mom approached one of the firefighters. Her mom asked how much she wanted to give. Sophia simply replied, “The whole thing.” The firefighter was speechless.
He smiled, held out his hand, and graciously accepted Sophia’s gift. Then, this firefighter pulled out his own wallet and matched Sophia’s gift – a gift inspired by the generosity and compassion of a five-year old girl.
Help us surprise Sophia and make her birthday extra special by helping her fight childhood hunger.