How This 8-Year-Old Is Making Sure No Kid Goes Hungry
While most elementary students are worrying about who to play with at recess, 8-year-old Cayden Taipalus started a movement to help his classmates in need receive a hot lunch. The student from Howell, Michigan is raising money for classmates who aren’t financially able to purchase a hot lunch at school.
It All Started With A Child In Need
At lunch one afternoon, Taipalus noticed his friend eating a cheese sandwich. His friend shared that he was denied a hot lunch because he didn’t have enough money in his account. Jumping to action, Taipalus went home that day on a mission to help make sure they were never denied hot food again.
An 8-Year-Old To The Rescue
Cayden’s mother, Amber Melke-Peters noticed her son was visibly upset when he came home from school that afternoon. He told her the story of what had happened at lunch and said he wanted to help so that it would never happen again. Beaming with pride, his mother set out to help him make that happen.
Serious Kid Goals
Cayden and his mother started a fundraising webpage called, “Pay It Forward: No Kid Goes Hungry”. With contributions from family, friends, fellow parents, and the community, donations began rolling in. To do his own part, Taipalus also started collecting recycled goods to raise his own personal money for the lunch campaign.
His Heart Of Gold
Taipalus and his family have raised over $7,000 purchasing hot lunches for more than 300 students at Challenger Elementary. On their watch, no child should have to go hungry or worry where the money for their next meal will come from. This 8-year-old took that problem in stride, changing the lives of his classmates forever.
Good News Travels Fast
Cayden’s campaign and goodwill haven’t gone unnoticed. In addition to his community recognition, shortly after starting the webpage he began to receive national attention. Taipalus has been profiled for his efforts on countless news organizations and was even asked to be a guest on The Steve Harvey Show. This inspiring young man proves you’re never too young to make a difference.
More in Impact
Daughter’s Christmas Surprise Brings Her Mother To Tears In A Moment Of Need
When tragedy stuck Breanne Esplana’s family she feared that her mother, Margaret Sims, might never be able to enjoy Christmas again....December 9, 2018
George H.W. Bush’s Service Dog Sully To Take On New Mission Helping More Vets
We were all touched by Jim McGrath’s photo of Sully, George H. W. Bush’s service dog, lying in front of the...December 8, 2018
Waitress Pays Kind Gesture To Grieving Customers, And They Pay It Forward In The Sweetest way
A waitress at a local diner frequently served a couple and their newborn baby in the establishment. When she noticed the...December 6, 2018
How This Mother-Of-Four Made A Career Of Being The ‘Bicycle Whisperer’
You know the expression, “It’s like riding a bicycle!” Well, for some of us, learning how to ride a bicycle wasn’t...December 3, 2018
Try These Jokes The Next Time You Need An IRL Comeback
Have you ever been insulted or offended by someone, but you don’t come up with the perfect clapback until hours after...December 2, 2018
For 33 Years, This Man Has Been Hosting Free Thanksgiving Dinner For Strangers
Thirty-three years ago, one man in Massachusetts was getting ready to suffer through a quiet and lonely Thanksgiving. Instead, he decided...November 30, 2018
The Origins Of ‘Movember’ And The Good Cause Behind The Facial Hair Challenge
You’ve probably noticed some your male friends and co-workers posting to social media about their attempts to grow mustaches and beards...November 28, 2018
U.S. Marine Saves A Life In Afghanistan, Not Knowing Someday He’d Be Saved In Return
U.S. Marine Craig Grossi was deployed to the ongoing war in Afghanistan, and soon found himself in the course of duty...November 28, 2018
Marines Bust A Move In Hilarious ‘Call Me Maybe’ Spoof, And We Have To Salute Them
Despite requiring constant vigilance while beleaguered by the dangers of war, members of the military still understand the value of humor...November 25, 2018