Most first graders are absolutely oblivious to the world around them. Parents typically do their best to shield their children from the harsh realities of life.
But Becky More, who works at a shelter operated by Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis in Anchorage, Alaska, does her best to teach her son kindness in the face of tragedy.
Logan More was looking forward to his birthday last November.
Logan, now 7, shares a close bond with his mother. Becky is a single parent raising him, and she does her best to instill kindness and compassion for others above all else.
She had no idea how much the message was sinking in.
“I saw someone on the sidewalk that was homeless,” Logan said to KTVA. “And then I said, ‘Mom, instead of getting presents for my birthday, I want to raise money for the homeless people.'”
Becky was taken aback by her son’s kindness. With enthusiasm and pride, she started a GoFundMe with a goal of $700, with which she and Logan would purchase and donate items the homeless would find useful.
Logan’s GoFundMe campaign raised $1,505 for the homeless, more than twice its goal.
With the money generously gifted to their cause in hand, Becky and Logan went to Costco to purchase socks and jam, which they would later donate to the Downtown Hope Center.
Nicole Decker, the center’s deputy director, said socks are among the most needed items among the homeless population. And while the center is always well stocked with peanut butter, they needed jam to help feed those in need.
While shopping, Logan and Becky caught the eye of the manager of the Costco, who was moved by what Logan was doing.
“He brought you these that say ‘Santa’s Helper,’ because Santa is inspired by what you’re doing,” Becky said to Logan as she clipped on a Costco employee badge. “And they gave you 50 more dollars.”
In total, Logan donated 86 jars of jam and 459 pairs of socks to help combat homelessness.
“It really means a lot to our clients as well, and it really warms my heart to see someone so young would go ahead and do something like that,” Decker said to KTVA.
Logan’s willingness to sacrifice getting presents of his own on his birthday is remarkable for someone his age. Not only did he display a capacity for selflessness well beyond his years, but he gave with a cheerful spirit.
And if that wasn’t enough, he and his mother visited the shelter in January and helped prepare meals for the homeless.
“I really try to instill in him our job is to love each other and take care of each other, whatever that looks like, and he’s really embraced it,” Becky said to KTVA. “I’m really proud of him.”