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Girl spots discarded winning lottery scratcher, donates winnings to Thanksgiving food drive

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Posted: November 26, 2016, 10:46 am - IP Logged

People throw winning scratchers away all the time. It's so funny. Some people just scratch it look at it and throw it away without even caring or understanding if they won or not. That's a nice thought for a little girl to have. Maybe Mom should carry some extra hand sanitizer with her as well..lol. I used to be like that, until people didn't stop bothering me. She'll grow up to be a good person.

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    In this season of giving thanks, one student from Missouri shows what generosity is all about.

    When one young lady from Independence, Missouri, found a financial windfall, she gave it to others in need, overlooking her own needs.

    Phoebe Brown, 7, says she knew exactly what she'd found, and how best to use it. The second grade student from Sycamore Hills Elementary School in Independence was shopping with her mother at the Hy-Vee store on U.S. Highway 40 at Noland Road on November 9th, when Phoebe found a winning lottery ticket on the ground inside the store.

    The Brown family says Phoebe often picks up discarded lottery tickets. They were already at a gas station down the street when she realized she'd found a winner.

    "She's like, 'Mom, Mom, it's a winner!' I said, 'No it's not'," Audrey Brown, Phoebe's mother, said. "It was. It was a $100 winner."

    The numbers were already scratched off that Missouri Lottery ticket, which bore the logo of the Missouri Tigers, and Phoebe knew a winner when she saw one.

    "I saw that lottery ticket and it had a two on the back. I thought I'd better pick it up, and I told my mom it was a winner," Phoebe said.

    "Everything went through my mind. What could we do with it? What could Phoebe do with it?" Audrey Brown said.

    Rather than to spend it on herself, young Phoebe decided to help others.

    Sycamore Hills Elementary School has been collecting canned goods for the less-fortunate, as part of the Independence School District's 150th anniversary. Phoebe decided to donate the money to feed others. School district leaders say the Browns bought $100 worth of groceries at a local store to add to the room filled with donations.

    "There have been times where I've been out of work, and we had nowhere to stay and our family's taken us in, and helped us out. We're thankful for our friends and our family," Joshua Brown, Phoebe's dad, said.

    And as a promise, the school's gym teacher, Herb Horseman, allowed the entire second grade to shave his long, bushy beard, and Phoebe's donation helped them win that prize.

    "You're welcome and I hope you have a happy Thanksgiving," Phoebe said.

    Phoebe said her parents also taught her to be thoughtful and kind to others. Her contribution at the holiday season will go toward providing meals for families who couldn't otherwise afford to celebrate Thanksgiving.

    All told, the Sycamore Hills kids collected over 1,700 canned goods and household items. Second graders at the school accounted for 541 of those donations. School officials say they'll all go to help less fortunate families within the Independence School District.

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    A seven year old with great teachings from her parents that will forever be a part of her life.  Great article and a wonderful message Phoebe will pass on "(Phoebe said her parents also taught her to be thoughtful and kind to others)".  If only more people in the world were taught the same values as Phoebe. Many blessings to the Brown family. And Happy Holiday's to everyone!

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      Posted: November 26, 2016, 2:10 pm - IP Logged

      What a blessing it is? The spirit of giving....

      When one door closes; another one opens!