Kid Donates Savings to Red Cross

Pictured: C James

Written by Mary Fraiser, Community Volunteer Leader

Picture by Nashandra James for American Red Cross

Stephen “CJ” James, an 11-year-old boy from Madison, Mississippi, was saving money in his coin jar for a trip to Hawaii.

But when he sat down to count just how much money he had saved, an impressive $342, he decided he wanted to spend it on something else.

“I didn’t really know what to do with it, and then I remembered that I saw a commercial on my TV about the American Red Cross, and I thought that we could maybe donate to them.”

Nashandra James, Stephen’s mother, told us how proud she was of her son’s decision. 

“His father and I are really big in community service, and Stephen has grown up watching us. I was very pleased when he told me he wanted to donate his money to the Red Cross- it was a decision that he came up with all on his own.”

Online donations can be made towards coronavirus-related public health emergencies, disaster relief, your local Red Cross chapter, or home fire preparedness and response. Nashandra recalled that when they were deciding which area they wanted their donation to go, Stephen said, “I don’t care which, as long as it goes to something good, and all of these are good.”

Stephen donated in memory of his grandmother, Sandra Ross.

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