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An Anchorage boy recently decided to spend his birthday money giving back to people in need.
Ocean View Elementary School first grader Logan More turned seven last week. Instead of presents, he asked for donations.
“I saw someone on the sidewalk that was homeless,” Logan said. “And then I said, ‘Mom, instead of getting presents for my birthday, I want to raise money for the homeless people.’”
His mom, Becky More, started a GoFundMe page to help him with the fundraising. Altogether people pitched in to raise $1,505.
On Thursday Logan and his mom went to Costco to buy socks and jam for the Downtown Hope Center.
After loading a couple dozen jars of raspberry preserves into the cart, it soon became clear they needed more room for their haul.
Becky came back with a bigger cart — and a gift from the Costco manager.
“He brought you these that say ‘Santa’s Helper,’ because Santa is inspired by what you’re doing,” she told Logan, clipping on a special Costco employee’s badge. “And they gave you 50 more dollars.”
Becky works at the shelter operated by Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis. She’s talked to Logan about giving back to the community before, but was blown away by his generosity in giving up his birthday presents.
“I really try to instill in him our job is to love each other and take care of each other, whatever that looks like, and he’s really embraced it. I’m really proud of him,” Becky said.
After 86 jars of jam and 459 pairs of socks, the pair went directly from Costco to the Downtown Hope Center to drop off their donations.
Nicole Decker, the center’s deputy director, said the shelter is always set with peanut butter but needed the jam; socks are always a great gift for homeless people on the street.
“It really means a lot to our clients as well, and it really warms my heart to see someone so young would go ahead and do something like that,” Decker said.
The More family also plans to go back to the Downtown Hope Center in January to help prepare meals for the homeless.