A young teenager from Texas has become the secret Santa to 61 homeless children, giving them Christmas presents this year.
Jaxson Turner raised $ 5,900 through GoFundMe and social media to provide all the kids at the Samaritan Inn with new sneakers, coats, socks, toys and a hot meal for the holidays.
“I think we have to help them because so many families during this pandemic are losing their jobs or their homes and mothers are already worried about being homeless,” Jaxson said.
“Why should they be worried about Christmas for their children too?” “
This was the third year the 13-year-old has hosted the Christmas event for the McKinney, Texas shelter as part of his nonprofit called Never too young to care (N2Y2C).
After Jaxson started collecting donations on October 1, he threw his big party of gifts in December, cooking a dinner for all the families where he served Chick-fil-A, Pizza Hut, macaroni, chicken nuggets and cookies.
“Some people were crying tears,” Jaxson said of the families that night.
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“One of the families with four children and a mother let me know that their children had never had new shoes before.”
Jaxson founded N2Y2C three years ago on his birthday.
“My mom kept asking me what I wanted to do for my birthday and that’s when I decided I wanted to feed the homeless,” he said.
“I always saw homeless families on the streets asking for food and I thought no family should go without an Easter dinner.”
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In addition to the annual Easter and Christmas events, N2Y2C also hosts an annual domestic violence awareness event, donating toilet paper, socks, laundry detergent and financial assistance to an anti-violence organization. domestic violence.
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They are also hosting a back to school event, raising money for backpacks, school supplies and haircuts for the kids.
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