The cost of home renovations brought a Wisconsin woman perilously close to eviction, until her twelve-year-old grandson stepped in.
“I wasn’t even sure I was going to make it,” Noah Lamaide said of his fundraising effort.
The budding philanthropist raised $10,500 in a month, saving his grandmother’s home from a scheduled auction date of February 15.
Janice Sparhawk fell behind on mortgage payments in 2010 after taking out money to put a new roof on her home, which was partly built by her grandfather.
“My Grandma incase you don’t know her has a heart of gold. She has given so much to our community since I can remember!!!” Noah posted on his website.
Ms. Sparhawk, a foster parent to hundreds of children, was unable to work after complications from eye surgery and asthma, making it difficult to pay what she owed.
“It means a lot to be here in my house” she said. “[Noah] is a special boy.”
Noah said he was just following the example set by his mother and grandmother.
“He’s always putting others before himself, even as a little child,” Noah’s mother, Jill Sparhawk Lamaide, said.
When Noah was nine years old, his mother presented him with a challenge: do one community service project each year. With the help of his mother, Noah created a website to help raise money for the budding philanthropist’s projects.
Noah fell short of his goal last year to send a family friend with cancer, her husband, and daughter to Disneyland. The friend’s mother died before the family could make the trip. The girl left on the trip with her father two weeks ago.
The budding philanthropist said he has yet to find his next project but promised to keep making a difference. “It just makes me feel happy and like I did something to help the world,” he said.
Via ABC News.