A young boy “pays it forward” by providing books for inmates in prison.
Like most kids his age, Tyler received a weekly allowance. Unlike most kids, he chose to spend it in a way that would benefit others. As a 9-year-old boy from Tennessee, Tyler shocked everyone when he said he wanted to buy books to build up the local prison library.
With family members who have previously been involved in the correctional system, Tyler somewhat understood the struggles inmates deal with on a daily basis. He wanted to help by conveying a special message.
“I don’t want people to think bad things while they are in jail,” he says. “I want them to get out and do good things.”
Tyler was determined to provide the inmates with another “outlet” to focus on. Very fond of reading himself, the little boy drew inspiration from his own life. He wanted to share the element that had brought him the most joy: books.
Over time, Tyler saved up enough money to accomplish his goal. After shopping many local bookstores, shuffling through clearance bins, and getting the best bargains, the 9-year-old was able to donate over 100 books to the Montgomery County Jail. As if that wasn’t enough, he delivered 100 more a week later.
Impressed with his integrity and generosity, Sheriff John Fuson gifted Tyler an official pin and coin as a thank you.
Sandra Brandon, the public information officer for the Sheriff’s Office expressed their gratitude for everything he’s done.
“Since no taxpayer money is used to purchase books, we rely 100% on donations from the community to stock our library,” she said, “Tyler’s generosity is truly appreciated.”
Source: Huffington Post