Acts of Kindness
9-year-old uses his entire life savings to buy supplies for the homeless in his community
"It makes me feel happy and proud of myself. It's just hard to give it away sometimes. But I'm thinking about other people."
Caryl Jane Espiritu
06.16.22

They say letting your kids watch videos online can be a bad thing. Of course, if it is too much then it would definitely be bad.

While there is suspicious content online that is not good for children to watch, there are also a lot of inspiring videos that make children think about kindness and being good to other people.

Ethan Simons often got worried that his son, Nathan, is spending too much time watching videos online. What could his son be watching during the times that he could not closely watch over him?

As it turns out, Ethan had nothing to worry about because young Nathan has been watching clips of people doing good deeds online. The 9-year-old boy happened to have watched a group of people donate to homeless shelters and this prompted him to do something his dad did not expect.

Nathan told his dad that he wanted to give back and this is through donating to homeless shelters.

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In order to do this, young Nathan used almost all of his life savings and bought essential items for the needy. He went out to buy groceries and decided to give them to the residents of a local homeless shelter.

“I told my dad a couple hours later when I got done watching the video, ‘I wanna do what they did,'” Nathan shared in an interview with WQAD.

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At first, Ethan was quite hesitant to do what his son wanted.

But he realized that what Nathan wanted to do was something that he should be proud of. In the end, he even decided to match his child’s donation.

“There was part of me that almost wanted me to talk him out of him,” Ethan says. “But what kind of lesson am I teaching him if I tell him, ‘No, you shouldn’t be selfless.'”

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Before buying the groceries and essentials, Nathan called local homeless shelters and ended up contacting Christian Care in Rock Island. He reached out to them and gave away what he bought.

“I got my list, and it’s for what we need to buy for the homeless shelter,” the 9-year-old boy says.

Their mission started with the bank.

What Nathan and his dad did was go to the bank to withdraw $150 from each of their accounts. They had to leave a few dollars in Nathan’s account to keep it active.

Next up, both of them went to the Silvis Walmart to buy the items. After contacting Christian Care, the father and son went to the facility to share their blessings. Christian Care told the boy that they needed gloves, hot sauce, barbeque sauce, and shoes.

“It feels good,” Nathan shared. “I wish I could have it myself, but I have to think about other people sometimes.”

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On top of it all, young Nathan still has a little bit of money left so he bought extra things for the homeless to have as they celebrate the new year.

He decided to add cookies and pop cakes.

“It makes me feel happy and proud of myself,” the boy shared. “It’s just hard to give it away sometimes. But I’m thinking … about other people.”

Ethan is so proud of his son. Truly, kindness and good deeds can be done at any age and Nathan just proved this fact.

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By Caryl Jane Espiritu
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Caryl Jane Espiritu is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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