7-Year-Old Donates $100 Goods From Lottery Winnings To School

November 15, 2017
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How Sweet: A 7-year-old girl donates $100 Lottery Winnings To school

Imagine being 7 years old and finding a lottery ticket worth $100. What would you do with the money? Buying toys would be my 7-year-old self’s ideal.

Phoebe Brown had this dilemma but rather than spoil herself she decided to give back and pay it forward and they saying goes.

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Phoebe and her mother were out shopping in Missouri last year when the child found a discarded lottery ticket. Phoebe often picks up lottery tickets according to her family, however, this time she had found a winner.

Audrey Brown spoke to Fox 4 News and explained how her daughter often finds trash tickets, so when she found this particular one she initially didn’t believe her daughter. “She’s like, ‘Mom, Mom, it’s a winner!’ I said, ‘No it’s not’,” Audrey recalls.

However, Phoebe was in fact right and it turned out that the scratch-off ticket was worth $100. As any 7-year-old would do, Phoebe thought about buying herself some toys with her windfall, but decided on another idea.

Phoebe’s school, Sycamore Elementary was doing a food drive and the family and been given a flyer about it. Audrey says, “That day a flier came in from the school to help with the school, bring in canned goods and nonperishable items and she said, ‘mom, mom, can we do that?’ And I was like, ‘yeah.’”

At just 7, Phoebe understands the importance of helping others as the Brown family have dealt with their fair share of struggles in the past. The whole family decided to back Phoebe’s decision and her father; Joshua pledged to match whatever Phoebe donated.


Speaking to Fox 4 Joshua said “There have been times where I’ve been out of work, and we had nowhere to stay and our family’s taken us in, and helped us out. We’re thankful for our friends and our family.”

The Brown family headed off to Walmart and bought all the nonperishable goods that they could for the drive with Phoebe’s winnings.

The whole school ended up donating  1,700 canned goods, with Phoebe’s class contributing most to the cause with 541 canned goods. The drive was set up to help families in need and of course wouldn’t have been possible without all the generous donations.

As a result of contributing the most, Phoebe’s class won the opportunity to shave the P.E teacher’s beard for their hard work.

As you can imagine, all of the Brown family are so proud of young Phoebe’s generous attitude and drive. “For a mother, it’s more than you could possibly imagine. You expect to wait to hear or see that when they grow up. It was a total blessing,” Audrey told ABC news.

If ever you need a pick me up or just some inspiration on how to give back, just look at Phoebe Brown and her family. This young girl’s generosity is proof that you are never too young to give back.

Pay it forward. There’s always a right time.



One Comment

  1. Todd Weitzman

    November 15, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    What a great example this little girl sets for her peers!

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