The Future Is Looking Bright! 8-Year-Old Starts Foundation To Help People In Need
The young do-gooder credits John F. Kennedy for inspiring him to help others. Wait until you hear how he's making a difference in his community.
It's in Greyson Winfield's genes to help others.
His parents were both firefighters and have served their community in Conway, SC for years. The eight-year-old is well on his way to following in the footsteps of his parents, and his hero, John F. Kennedy Jr. He has dreams of joining the Navy SEALS.
While a career in the military is not in the cards anytime soon for Greyson, the aspiring patriot is starting his service to his country at home, where he's been mowing lawns for single moms and first responders, and using his allowance money to buy gift cards for people in need.
8-year-old Greyson Winfield has been doing acts of kindness in his hometown and has started a foundation to collect donations to help even more. Helping Footprint/Facebook
The fourth grader started an organization called "Helping Footprint," where he collects donations to help those who are suffering during the pandemic. It's also a way to share the good deeds he's been doing with the rest of the world.
Greyson's mother, Stevie, has been helping her son to get Helping Footprint off the ground. But, the idea to help their neighbors during a tough time is all Grayson's.
"He asked how people will keep their homes and feed their children if they aren't working," Stevie told CNN. "That is truly what started Helping Footprint take off."
Greyson started by using his own birthday gifts and allowance to buy gift cards for people in need. Helping Footprint/Facebook
Greyson, who's sometimes joined on his kindness missions by his six-year-old brother Garrett, has a goal of mowing five lawns per week, and he's already helped dozens of folks who have been hard hit by the pandemic by giving them gift cards and helping to pay their utility bills.
"The boys have helped many people along the way," Stevie said. "Many more than we can count."
Greyson (R) and his younger brother Garrett (L) often team up to mow lawns and do good deeds for others. Helping Footprint/Facebook
His family said Greyson's interest in helping others started early in life.
"At 4-years-old, [Greyson] was starting to give away toys at Christmas time, because the answer we got [was] 'well, there are some kids that don't have a lot like us, Dad. So, we want to be able to help them so they can have Christmas,'" Greyson's father Greg recalled.
Greyson especially likes helping veterans, who he says have helped the country "more than we've helped them."
Greyson has a soft spot for veterans and has dreams of becoming a Navy SEAL when he's older. Helping Footprint/Facebook
The fifth yard that Greyson mowed was for Ron Linke, a 20-year Marine corps veteran, who has a bad back and diabetes.
"I appreciate him coming out here," Linke said. "I was kind of surprised when she told me, 'I got a kid coming out to mow your lawn.' I'm like, ok!"
Greyson recently joined forces with another local do-gooder to pay off a person in need's electric bill...
As for Greyson, he's hoping that Helping Footprint will inspire others to follow his lead and do what they can to help others.
"I like anyone that can help other people in need, and I want to challenge them to help other people," he said.
Greyson has been using the donations from Healing Footprint to buy gift cards to give to people in need. Helping Footprint/Facebook
We love stories of young people stepping up to give back to their communities. Hats off to Greyson and his family for showing the world what being a hero is all about!