Big-hearted boy helps make Christmas happen


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December 14, 2016 2:06 PM

MERRY CHRISTMAS Tyler Pierce, Grade 2 student at Rendell Park Elementary School, embraced the Christmas spirit this season and bought a tree to donate to a family in need. JAIME POLMATEER LLS PHOTO

Christmas trees are important, after all, without them where would Santa put all the presents?
Tyler Pierce, Grade 2 student at Rendell Park Elementary School, is well aware of this fact, and that’s why he decided to buy a tree to donate to a family that didn’t yet have one this year.
“I wanted to do something nice for a family,” said Pierce, adding the reason behind his generosity is simple.
“I’m just helpful; it makes me feel good.”
Pierce came up with the idea a few weeks ago and brought it to the attention of his mother, Amy, who then talked to the school’s principal, Sheldon Gallagher, and together they came up with an idea to make a social media post, putting out a call for any family in need of a Christmas tree this season.
It didn’t take long, Gallagher said, because once the post was made it took off like wildfire, quickly drumming up about 5,700 hits, and out of that they were able to find themselves the family they were looking for.
The mother of the family needing a tree, who wished to remain anonymous, met with Tyler at the school for a few photos and an emotional tree exchange.
“She was talking and kind of started getting teary eyed; she was pretty emotional about it I think,” Amy said.
Gallagher added, “Yeah, she was pretty touched that a Grade 2 student would have such an empathetic caring heart to want to do something like this; it’s pretty cool.”
Pierce, industrious as he is generous, paid for the tree with his own hard earned dollars as well, not needing any financial assistance from outside sources.
He used a combination of cash he made doing chores for his grandparents, like working on their farm collecting and cleaning chicken eggs, helping his grandmother clean up around the house, and supplemented that with some money he got for his birthday.
The Kinsmen actually offered Pierce a good deal on a real tree, Amy said, but the student insisted on an artificial tree, that way the family can use it over and over again for years to come.
Amy ended with a few words about how proud it makes her to have such a charitable son.
“It makes me a better person for sure,” she said.
“He’s a pretty thoughtful little kid.”

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