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8-Year-Old Helps Other Students Pay Off Lunch Accounts

8-Year-Old Helps Other Students Pay Off Lunch Accounts

An 8-year-old Michigan boy is warming hearts with his act of kindness for fellow students - by paying off their lunch accounts. Cayden Taipalus told WXYZ how he got the idea.

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"I was in lunch one day getting lunch. And a kid in front of me didn't have enough money, and they had to put their tray down. And that made me sad, so I went home and asked my mom, what can I do to help?"

And with his mom's help, they were able to get a page on a fundraising site called FundRazr. Cayden's initial goal was to raise enough money to pay off the lunch accounts for as many kids in his elementary school as possible.

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As of Sunday morning, Cayden had raised more than $1,600. On top of paying off lunch accounts, Cayden's mom says her son hopes to put extra money into them.

On Friday, Cayden's mom told WXYZ that her son has been able to help pay for almost 300 school lunches.

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The school's principal told the outlet that any student who can't afford their lunch will still get an alternative lunch, but added he's happy to see one of his students helping out others.

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This comes about one month after an elementary school in Utah took some heat after employees allegedly threw away students' lunches because of outstanding balances on lunch accounts.

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The Salt Lake Tribune reports employees threw away up to 40 lunches and students were given fruit and milk instead. The school district's spokesman has since apologized.

On the FundRazr page, Cayden's mom says her son hopes to ultimately help pay off all the lunch accounts at elementary schools in the county.

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mchris1542 March 02 2014 at 3:10 PM

wow the Bible says and a little child shall lead them...fer sher!!!

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JJ March 02 2014 at 3:22 PM

what about all the free lunch programs we hear so much about?

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D and J March 02 2014 at 3:26 PM

this is so awesome!!!!!! he and his family should be so proud of him as i am sure they are!!!!!!

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bigmommabrown March 02 2014 at 3:21 PM

We pay enough in book rental fees that lunches should be included in them! This little boys mom is raising him with great values!

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alegriabella1227 March 02 2014 at 3:20 PM

No child should ever have to put their tray down because of lack of funds. Great job, Cayden! God bless you!

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sxy March 02 2014 at 3:33 PM

I CANT BELIEVE THE STUPIDITY OF ADULTS!!!! This child or any child that stands in line for food especially when at School should never be denied.. I dont care what rules the school has in place.. the child should have been fed and the parents sent a bill if indeed they do not qualify for the free lunch program... Our First Lady should walk into that school and sound off!!! The adult that denied the food to the child should be fired !! TRULY FIRED..

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Sherry March 02 2014 at 3:32 PM

What a WONDERFUL young man!

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Constitution Man007 March 02 2014 at 3:16 PM

Cayden, you are a great inspiration for all of us. If more would follow your example instead of acting like too many high level politicians who say one thing and do another, the world would be a much better place. I believe you will have a blessed life and be a great success at whatever you do with your life.
God bless you Cayden

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lsgiff March 02 2014 at 3:15 PM

What a great family!

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Agarthright March 02 2014 at 3:12 PM

What a wonderful and loving thing to do. Adults could learn from his acts of kindness.
May God Bless his efforts and I hope he encourages others to do the same.

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