8-year-old boy pays off entire school’s lunch debt by selling key chains

  • An 8-year-old boy paid off the lunch debt for his entire school by selling handmade key chains
  • With the help of his parents and those who supported his cause, he was able to earn a total of $4,015
  • This was also the little boy’s way of doing something special for “Kindness Week”

Little acts of kindness can go a long way. From sharing your food to strangers, helping someone cross the street, picking up that small trash, or even saying “good morning” to your neighbor  —  all these can definitely brighten up someone’s day.

But in the case of an 8-year-old boy from Vancouver, Washington, his way of showing kindness was by selling handmade key chains in order to pay for the entire school’s lunch debt.

Image from HLN video via CNN

Raising a total of $4,015, Keoni Ching successfully completed his goal for “Kindness Week” and even had spare money to pay for the lunch debt of six other schools. Of that earned amount, $1,000 will go to Keoni’s school, Benjamin Franklin Elementary, to pay off the $500 lunch debt and for any future debt incurred. The rest, meanwhile, will go to six other nearby schools, which will get $500 each to clear their own lunch debts.

According to a report from CNN, Keoni said he decided to make key chains because he loves these items and they look good on his backpack. The little boy sold it for $5 each and once people became aware of Keoni’s key chains and his heartwarming cause got out, they started sending in their requests.

Image from April Ching via CNN

“We have sent key chains to Alaska, Rhode Island, Minnesota, Arizona, all over the country,” April Ching, Keoni’s mother, told CNN.

“There was one lady who said she wanted $100 worth of key chains so that she could just hand them out to people. There were several people who bought one key chain and gave [Keoni] a hundred bucks. It was absolutely amazing how much support the community showed for his whole project,” she added.

With the help of his parents and grandparents, Keoni was able to craft and sell more than 300 key chains.

CNN also explains in its story how school lunch debt became an increasing problem in the US but even though Keoni does not know much about the politics of America’s lunch debt problem, he is well enough to understand that helping others is important because “it just makes the world a better place”.


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