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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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roberta76 March 02 2014 at 9:31 PM

This is beyond disgraceful. Throwing food away instead of giving it to the children who didn't have enough money or any money is actually beyond disgraceful - it's evil. It is not the fault of the children. If the parent's need help than give the children a free lunch. I am sure that there is a way to help families in need. This is not the country we think it is if children are sitting at lunch watching other children eat while they are hungry. I just can't comprehend such behavior by any adult who stood and watched it and did nothing to help. Shame, Shame, Shame...

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alissa roberta76 March 02 2014 at 9:34 PM

I agree. That is bull! Either the parent needs to remember the money or sign up for free lunch. The school needs to step up also. Some kids those lunches are the ONLY meal they eat. Shame one this country.

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sueat103 March 02 2014 at 7:59 PM

It is a wonderful gesture on this young mans aprt. I am a bit confused however. If a family qualifies lunch(breakfast and bus) is free. Maybe it is just CA?

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ahc2110 March 02 2014 at 7:54 PM

Oh, my! How beautiful. What have YOU done for your fellow man today?

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judi klein March 02 2014 at 7:49 PM

This should be a front page article. what a nice young man and family..Kudos

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budandel March 02 2014 at 7:43 PM

God bless him & I will pray for him

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agentpinkdog March 02 2014 at 7:43 PM

that is a grate idea

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anne March 02 2014 at 7:35 PM

In Maryland, they throw out the lunches, as well. Very sad

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markgaglioti March 02 2014 at 7:35 PM

I hope he goes into politics

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rl2357 March 02 2014 at 7:28 PM

Fire those school employees

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Hazel March 02 2014 at 7:26 PM

What a wonderful kid!

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