Boy Hears Students Can't Afford To Buy Hot Lunches, Raises Money To Pay Their Accounts

A generous 8-year-old from Michigan has touched the hearts of people all over the world with a campaign he launched to help pay for the lunches of students from low-income families in his area.

Donations have skyrocketed since Cayden Taipalus, who is a third-grader at Challenger Elementary School, in Howell, Michigan, launched a campaign called "Pay It Forward: No Kid Goes Hungry."

His mom, Amber Peters, proudly noted that almost $7,000 worth of donations have bought hot lunches for more than 300 students and will supply another 5,000 this week.

"I am so very proud of my son," Peters commented in an interview with the media. "He is only 8 years old and to grasp the concept around this is just amazing in my eyes. He has a heart of gold."

Cayden began the campaign when he saw another student at his elementary school not being able to pay for their lunch.

"Cayden was in school buying his lunch and the little boy in front of him had to put down his hot lunch due to no funds on his lunch account," his mom said. "It upset the little boy, which in turn upset Cayden."

Shortly thereafter, Cayden and his mom started recycling cans and bottles to raise money. Then friends and neighbors saw their efforts on Facebook and wanted to contribute.

The social media network led to donations from all across the world flowing in.

"We went from just paying off his elementary school to paying off the entire Livingston County," Peters explained.

While praising Cayden’s efforts, Livingston County school officials noted that every student is offered an alternate lunch that includes a sandwich, juice, and fruit when they cannot afford the hot lunch option.

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