Illinois boy donates life savings to homeless


A Rock Island boy told his dad he wanted to use the money from his savings to do something for the homeless.

His father was hesitant at first. 

Nathan Simons is taking out nearly all the money in his savings account, about $150. Plus his dad is matching dollar for dollar.

“I’m donating most of my money from the savings account to Christian Care down at the homeless shelter,” said Nathan. 

He’s got a list with everything he needs: Buying half a dozen pairs of shoes and a bunch of barbecue sauce.

“I mean, it feels good. I wish I could have it myself, but I have to think about other people sometimes,” said Simons.

“To know that somebody that age is thinking about other people in his community and what they don’t have and what he can do for them is pretty amazing,” said Cindi Gramenz, development coordinator. 

“Yeah you did a good thing today my son. Not many people can say they emptied their savings account and went shopping for a homeless shelter,” said Ethan. 

Nathan says he want to leave an impression, so others will give, too. His older sister is a Marine and he wanted to make sure the veterans staying at the shelter were taken care of.

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