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6-Year Old Chooses To Feed the Homeless Over Having A Birthday Party

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When Chicago kindergarten student Armani Crews turned 6 earlier this month, she decided to pass on having a birthday party. Instead, she spent the day helping to feed the homeless in her community.

Armani’s mother, Artesha Crews, thought her daughter was joking when she spent the last few months leading up to her birthday talking about helping the homeless. As it turns out, she wasn’t.

“I said, ‘OK, we’ll make some sandwiches,’ to which Armani said, ‘No. I want the same thing we’d have at my birthday party,'” her mother shares.

Even after being told it would mean she wouldn’t get a birthday present, Armani convinced her parents to take the $300 they would have spent on her birthday party and use it to buy food and toiletries to hand out to the homeless.

Armani then told her church congregation about her plans, and members donated items like toothpaste, deodorant, and hand sanitizer to include in a care package.

When her birthday finally came, Armani and her parents set up shop in a local park, where they cooked up chicken, fish, spaghetti, rolls, and vegetables to hand out to homeless people. The family also provided water, fruit, cake, and cookies. In total, the family was able to feed roughly 125 homeless people

“She was interacting. She handed out water. She loved it,” Armani’s mom explains. “A lot of them were thankful to her because they said they hadn’t had a cooked meal in a long time.”

“It was nice to be nice,” Armani said afterward.

In the grand scheme of things, it was a small gesture, but coming from a 6-year-old who was willing to give up her birthday party, Armani’s sacrifice means a lot and has a chance to resonate with other people who can make a difference with a small sacrifice.

In fact, Armani and her parents are planning another meal for the homeless in their community they hope will take place within the next few weeks.