A young boy in Michigan didn’t think much when he decided to help his schoolmates pay off their lunch debt by soliciting for donations. However, when word of his kind deed spread, people from across the globe pitched in to help.
In February 2014, Cayden Taipalus, then an 8-year-old third-grader at Challenger Elementary School in Howell, was upset to see one of his schoolmates denied a hot lunch and given a cheese sandwich instead.
“Cayden was in school buying his lunch and the little boy in front of him had to put down his hot lunch due to no funds on his lunch account,” his mom, Amber Peters, told ABC News. “It upset the little boy, which in turn upset Cayden.”
Cayden decided to do something—earning money to help pay off his schoolmates’ lunch debt.
“I collected bottles and went to my family, friends and neighbors to get money,” Cayden told WWJ.
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He received $64 and took the money to school, paying for almost 150 lunches.
“I just want to make kids have a better lunch,” he said in an interview with TODAY.
But the story didn’t end there.
When his good deed was reported, many people wanted to help Cayden. So Peters set up an online campaign to collect donations, and the response was overwhelming.
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The campaign, which ended on Nov. 28, 2016, saw more than $40,000 collected, an amount that helped pay for thousands of lunches.
“Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined this would happen,” Peters said. “He’s just a little local boy trying to do some good.”
Needless to say, she is proud of Cayden.
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“I am so very proud of my son,” Peters said. “He is only 8 years old and to grasp the concept around this is just amazing in my eyes. He has a heart of gold.”
Cayden was later presented with “Distinguished Citizen Award” by the Michigan State Police and “December Student of the Month” by the U.S. House of Representatives for his good deeds.
It’s recognition that Cayden deserved.
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