Boy uses his chore money to help an entire village!
Like many kids, Josiah Schaffer, a nine year old American boy, was saving up his chore money to buy a special toy. And in Josiah’s case, he needed to do A LOT of chores in order to earn the $300 needed for what he wanted to buy!
But when he had almost earnt the money needed, Josiah had an amazing change of heart. Instead of buying himself the toy he had worked so hard for, he used the money to buy a well for an entire village in India!
Josiah had learnt that whilst we can simply turn on the kitchen tap to get a drink of water, there are actually millions of people around the world without clean drinking water. In some villages across Africa and Asia, the water is full of nasty germs which make people sick. Sometimes, the water supply is even in another village or town and people have to walk many miles to reach it.
Thankfully, charities such as the one Josiah donated his money to, are trying to change this and Josiah’s well will enable 3,000 people to get a clean drink of water whenever they need!
What goes around comes around…
Doing good things comes back to us in many ways and Josiah felt good that he had helped an entire village have a better life. But when an Ohio man, also called Josiah Shaffer, heard of his kindness, it made him feel that he also wanted to do something kind for someone. So, he wrote to Josiah to say, ‘well done!’. But guess what else? He bought him his favourite toy!
What can I do?
There are many ways to give to others! You could look through your wardrobe and donate to charity, those clothes that no longer fit you, for someone else to wear. You could bake or gather friends for a sponsored car wash. You could donate the money made from a garage sale of the toys you no longer play with. Making a special card for someone feeling sick or sad, or lending a helping-hand, are other great ways to think of others!
By Deborah L. Caine (Whyzz writer)