Monday, January 27, 2014

Generous Heart and Shiny Money

This past week was Spirit Week at the kids school.  Part of the event was raising money for Free to Smile, a nonprofit organization that raises money for surgeries for children born with cleft lip and cleft palate.  Their goal was to raise $275 per classroom and today was the last day to donate at school.  Andy came home on Friday and cleaned out his piggy bank of all the quarters he could find.  

Oddly shiny quarters.
Monday morning he came downstairs with his money and was preparing to pack it up into a ziploc bag when the shininess of the quarters caught my attention.  Turns out...they were Canadian quarters.  Oh! The look on his face was heartbreaking. Tears immediately started streaming from his eyes.  He was devastated.  I tried to help him, but he ran away to his room.  When he came back he had all the American dimes and nickels he could find (not many) and wet eyes.  Who could stand to watch the hurting tender heart of a generous boy?  Not me. Not his Dad, either.  Kevin offered to buy his Canadian quarters from him so he could make his planned donation.  Andy was so relieved.  He loves helping people and he's not afraid to give of his treasure to those in need. I love that boy. I am one proud mother.