With a few notable exceptions who are born into it most kids don’t have much money. It’s hard to have much earnings power when you have to abide by child labor laws, after all.
So when they do manage to scrape together a few dollars kids tend to spend it on toys or treats like good little capitalists. That’s not the case for everyone, however, as evidenced by the case of Ryan Kirkpatrick, a 9-year-old from Napa, CA who chose to spend his savings in a moving display of altruism.
Instead of megadosing on ice cream Ryan instead pooled his allowance money and used it to pay off his entire class’s lunch debt – a total of $74.50.
According to ABC 7 News:
“He used his allowance money, which he would normally use to buy sports gear, and gave it all to the school.”
According to Ryan’s mother, Kylie Kirkpatrick, Ryan asked her to find out how much his classmates owed and then matter-of-factly said “I guess I can pay for it” and proceeded to make an anonymous donation.
His motivations were clear: He wanted to help his classmates out, or as Ryan put it:
“I want them to realize people actually think about them because you’re not just bragging about stuff. I want them to feel happy someone cares about them.”
It’s the sort of selflessness and generosity that most adults can only aspire to.
What a king.
h/t: ABC 7 News