When 3-year-old Patrick McClung’s mother revealed a heartbreaking truth to him, his heavy heart could barely handle it. Little Patrick overheard his mommy talking about the community’s homeless population to another adult. That’s when he started to ask questions.
“Everyone he knows has a house and has food and has toys,” said his mother, Destinee. “And so it really genuinely hurt his heart to kind of realize that there are people that go without.”
Destinee recorded her son’s disheartening revelation. As she explains to him that some people don’t have it as good as he does, he is so filled with empathy that he begins to cry.
“I don’t want them to sleep on a piece of cardboard,” he bawls. Patrick wasn’t happy with the explanation, so he did what most people don’t think of doing: Patrick, like teenager Ryan Guerra, at just 3 years old vowed to help the homeless people in his community. He and his mommy made signs asking for donations for cold-weather gear, toiletries, socks, and other necessities. They stationed boxes around the neighborhood for people to donate. He’s been placing each donation under the family’s Christmas tree so that he can give them out during the holidays.
“It’s for all the people, and they don’t have homes,” Patrick says. “And they’re very cold.” Patrick has even begun to volunteer at a soup kitchen.
“I’m so proud of him,” Destinee says. “I think a lot of us aren’t looking to help. We just live our lives, we’re just used to homeless people and all of the issues that are around us — it’s just normal.”
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