When you were growing up and managed to save a piggy bank full of cash, what was one of the first things you spent it on?
Tyler Fugett had been saving his allowance for quite some time. And when it came time to make his first purchase, he decided to visit a book store to buy over 100 books.
But here’s the kicker – the books were not for him. The 9-year-old planned on donating all of them to the inmates at his local jail.
Fugett told ABC News that books help him through difficult times.
“When I’m thinking bad thoughts, I like to read. So I want to collect books for them,” he explains.
The pre-teen is hoping that these books can help the inmates get through an otherwise difficult day and possibly help turn their lives around.
Fugett said, “if they read, they don’t have time to think about doing bad things when they come out. Maybe they’ll find one thing in there that would make them click to be better people.”
With this help of his mom, Rebecca Corkren, the fifth grader scoured the sales at nearby bookstores…managing to collect approximately 100 books.
He then brought them to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, who accepted his gracious donation.
The jail library has no budget, and there is no taxpayer money that goes towards it. Since they rely solely on donations, they were very excited to receive the books.
As if this massive donation at a young boy’s expense wasn’t enough, Fugett hasn’t stopped there. He and his mom are continuing to collect books and even toiletry items.
They plan to donate everything they get to the sheriff’s office. Not only to help the inmates, but to help other people in need as well.