9-year-old uses money she saved for a toy, to buy fans for elderly

Child pays it forward with allowance
(Source: York Police Department)
(Source: York Police Department)

YORK COUNTY, SC (WBTV) - A "Pom-Pom-Wow" toy set is something Kai Maxwell wanted more than anything in her little 9-year-old world.

"It's this little set where you can stamp em', you can color em', you can do whatever you want with it," Kai tried to describe the toy she didn't get, but beamed with joy when she described what she did get.

Kai had $30 saved up specifically for her toy, which costs $29.99. But when she found out someone else needed something worse than she needed her Pom-Pom Wow, her heart broke.

"I wanted to help the elderly because they needed fans, and because I thought it was the right thing to do," Kai said.

The Hickory Grove-Sharon Elementary student attended the York Police Department's summer camp and made friends with the community relations officer there. When Dale Edwards put out a call on his Facebook page for box fans to pass out to people without air conditioners, Kai's mom told her daughter.

"It wasn't even a question. I had to hold back my tears when we were in Walmart because she asked how many fans she could buy with her $30," Diane Maxwell said.

The answer was two.

"I just wanted to be nice and help the elderly because they had no fans and they were getting really hot," Kai said.

Kai's Mom also donated a window A/C unit to a man who's a double amputee living without air. Together the family donated three items to make sure someone else who needed something had it.

"It was hard for me to keep it together when she came here [York Police Department] and brought it, but the smile on her face was worth it," Diane said.

Kai is saving up her allowance money again and hopes to soon save enough to buy that Pom-Pom Wow, but at the rate her kind little heart is going, it wouldn't be a surprise if she gave that away too.

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