The San Diego Union Tribune reported that over 8,500 homeless people are living on the streets of San Diego County at any given time.
Something like this may seem like the norm to people that live there, but others don’t like to sit around and watch as this crisis continues.
10-year-old Phillip Tucker never understood why people had to be homeless.
“I wondered why they were so sad,” he told ABC 10 News.
His parents tried explaining the idea of homelessness to him, and it resulted in Tucker wanting to bring some change.
The boy knew there was only so much he could do about the thousands of homeless in the area, so he decided to start off small.
Tucker initially set a goal of wanting to give out 1,000 water bottles to homeless people during the hot weather.
Whereas most 10-year-olds would spend their summer playing video games or hanging out with friends, this kid made it his mission to make a difference in his community.
He asked a local radio station to help with his cause, and this led to much more exposure than he anticipated.
The whole community pitched in: people who heard the boy’s message dropped off countless cases of water at the radio station for Tucker to distribute.
When the day came, Tucker made a point to hand out as many water bottles as he could.
And in an interview with the same radio station that helped him out, Tucker found out the true scope of his impact.
The result of the effort: 6,291 water bottles were given out to San Diego’s homeless on June 21.
“Are you kidding?” Tucker asked.
He couldn’t believe it, and it is amazing that someone his age was able to bring so much change by such simple gestures.
And the city of San Diego wanted to reward him for his actions.
During the same radio interview, the host announced that he knew Tucker was a big fan of the San Diego Chargers.
Not only did he get the boy a signed football from his favorite Chargers player, but that player also paid a visit.
Tucker’s favorite Chargers player, former center Nick Hardwick, appeared in the studio as a surprise.
It’s safe to say that the kid was blown away by the surprise.
All Tucker wanted to do was help out those less fortunate than him, and he ended up getting the gift of a lifetime.
I get the feeling he’s going to continue on his mission to help those less fortunate. A great inspiration for all of us!
This is an incredible young man. We are blessed to have him in our community. Kindness. A rare trait. https://t.co/VOdNPaEYBk
— Nick Hardwick (@hardwina) June 22, 2018