A seven-year-old girl has been praised for her generosity after she used a winning $100 lottery ticket to buy food for the poor.
Second grader Phoebe Brown, from Independence, Missouri, was out with her mother Audrey when she found the valuable ticket on the ground.
Rather than spending her unexpected cash prize on presents for herself, she selflessly used it to buy canned foods to donate to a Thanksgiving food drive, reported KSHB.
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Discovery: Phoebe Brown, seven, from Independence, Missouri, found a scratch-off card on the ground when she was out with her mother Audrey
First thought: Initially she considered using it to buy presents for herself
Charity: But instead she decided to use it to buy canned goods to donate to her school’s Thanksgiving food drive
Her father Joshua said he was pleased by his daughter’s actions.
‘You wonder if our kids these days, if that’s how they’re thinking and this just goes to show, yes they are thinking that, and that’s a real good thing,’ he told the Kansas City station.
He said their own family have experienced difficult times when Joshua was out of work and they were dependent on help.
Impressed: Her father Joshua praised Phoebe, pictured, for her selflessness
Support: He said that in the past his family has had to rely on help from others
‘We’re thankful for our friends and our family,’ he added.
Phoebe admitted that initially she did consider spending the money on herself, but immediately changed her mind when she was informed of her school’s canned food campaign.
‘She said, “mom, mom, can we do that?” And I was like, “yeah,”‘ Audrey said.
Winners: Phoebe, pictured with her parents, and her classmates collected a total of 541 items of food – more than any other in the school
Outcome: As a ‘reward’ for donating the most food, Phoebe and her classmates were invited to shave off their teachers beard, pictured
They went to the store where the bought a range of long-life food, with Phoebe’s father matching his daughter’s contribution.
Phoebe’s class collected a total of 541 items of food – more than any other in the school.
In a bizarre gesture of thanks, the class were invited to shave their gym teachers beard as a reward.