A 6-year-old girl from Chicago, Illinois, became a pint-sized hero to the homeless and poor in her community this past weekend after she told her parents she wanted to forgo a big birthday party and instead devote her time to serving those in need.
So, rather than opening gifts and eating cake with friends, little Armani Crew and her family spent Sunday giving out food and care packages to the poor, WFLD-TV reported.
It’s a heartwarming idea that the little girl’s mom, Artesha Smith-Crew, said the child came up with on her own, suggesting the family pitch in to help the poor rather than hold traditional birthday festivities. At first, Smith-Crew thought Armani was joking with her suggestion, but she soon learned this was anything but the case.
“Then when I asked her again, like ‘What are we doing for your birthday?’ she stomped her feet and said, ‘I want to make sure they eat,'” the mother told WBBM News Radio. “And that’s what we did. We would’ve had a party at home, this is how we do at home, we celebrate big, so we just brought it outside.”
In the end, Smith-Crew said it was a “blessing” to be able to help so many in need.
As Armani and her family brought food and care packages to the poor, the proud mother said people came by to wish the child a happy birthday, with some even handing her cash; that money will be given to charity.
In the end, these actions are apparently characteristic of the child, who told local media she lives by a simple — and powerful — motto: “It’s nice to be nice.”
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