A 3rd grader has taken it upon herself to make the world a better place by starting a philanthropic movement to help end child homelessness.
When 8-year-old, Peyton, isn’t in school, she’s working on a vision much bigger than herself – ending child homelessness.
It was all inspired by the girl’s great-uncle, a man who knew the struggle of child homelessness all too well, and taught Peyton to be compassionate towards the issue.
After finding out that there are around 2.5 million children in America who are facing homelessness, Peyton decided to do something about it.
“I don’t really like the sound of that,” she said. “So I went to my mom, and asked if I could invite 100 homeless children to my birthday party.”
Since the Pandemic prevented this from happening, Peyton decided to go in a different direction.
Eye of a Child
So, with the help of her mom, Peyton started, Eye of a Child, a charity that raises awareness, sends money, toys and other products to homeless shelters around the Milwaukee area as well as in Los Angeles, where some of her family lives.
Peyton also made t-shirts and homemade crayon hearts to sell around her local community to raise funds for the effort.
“I do believe every child deserves to smile,” she said.
Recently, she was able to send goodie bags filled with hygiene products to Joy House, a women’s shelter in Milwaukee. In addition to the bags they gifted a $500 check and a brand new toy for each child who was in the shelter.
“Instead of having her birthday party surrounded by her friends and family, she has decided to make new friends at various homeless shelters in her local community and empower these children to share this day as a collective celebration,” the Eye of a Child website reads.
Peyton’s goal is to raise another $1,000, as well as gather donations of hygiene products and toys, for two more shelters.
“If you have a dream, please follow it, don’t give up because you probably can reach your goal and I believe in you,” she said.
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