When Helaina Morgan learned that a mom in Syracuse., N.Y., needed food stamps to feed her family, the 7-year-old went straight to her piggy bank.
She'd heard the story of single mom Meghan Fry from her own mother, Roberta, who'd read about Fry's struggles in the Post Standard.
"When I told [Helaina] that this family usually didn't have extra money to buy ice cream, cookies or gummies, she actually gasped," Morgan told Syracuse.com, "then asked me if we could bring them some food."
Morgan told her that'd be difficult to do. She decided to send Fry a gift card for extra groceries, but Helaina wanted to act, too. So the 7-year-old gathered up $10 and penned a letter to Fry's 3-year-old daughter, Essence.
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"We thought it was adorable, complete with spelling errors," Morgan told The Huffington Post.
The note reads:
Hi Essence, Here is $10 from me. You can go to the grocery stor and buy wat you want. I like ice cream and sprinkls. Sincerely: Helaina.
"This is the first time she's done anything like this," Morgan added. "But it didn't surprise me. She's always cared very much about her friends. And she's getting to the age where it's time for her to realize that there are others out there who aren't as fortunate as us."
Morgan told HuffPost that Helaina's jaw dropped when she heard the Post Standard had printed her letter. The 7-year-old hasn't heard back from Essence yet, but her mom is hopeful that they'll get in touch soon.
"We hope they can at least talk on the phone some time," Morgan said. "It would probably be a cute conversation."