Boy spends his allowance to buy books for prisoners

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Most nine year olds spend their hard-earned allowance on silly things, but Tyler Fugett wanted to spend his on something that would last -- books for the jail library.

Fugett and his mother, Rebecca Corken, surprised the Montgomery County Sheriff's office by dropping off more than 100 books.

"He said, 'When I'm thinking bad thoughts, I like to read, so I want to collect books for them,'" Corken told ABC News. "He said, 'If they read, they don't have time to think about doing bad things when they come out. Maybe they'll find one thing in there that would make them click to be better people.'"

"I don't want people to think bad things while they are in jail," Tyler said, according to a press release. "I want people to get out and not do bad things again."

Tyler, who has a family member who spent time in jail, went to a clearance sale to buy the books.

He donated over 100 books last week and returned to the sheriff's office Wednesday to drop off an additional 100.

Though that's remarkably sweet as it is, the impact of his actions is compounded by the fact the jail's library is struggling.

Sandra Brandon, a public information officer for the Sheriff's Office, said no tax payer money is used to purchase books and they rely entirely on donations from the public.

"Tyler's generosity is truly appreciated," she said in a press release.

He received a reward for his major donation.

Sheriff John Fuson gave him a Sheriff's pin and challenge coin when he personally thanked him for his work.

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