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An 8-year-old Michigan boy decided to take matters into his own hands when his friend was denied a hot lunch because he didn’t have enough money in his account.

Cayden Taipalus, a student at Challenger Elementary in Howell, was concerned after his friend received a cheese sandwich in lieu of a hot lunch, because his parents hadn’t added more money to his account.

Cayden Taipalus

Cayden’s mother, Amber Melke-Peters, said her son came home upset and wanted to know how he could help his friends.

“We came up with Pay It Forward: No Kid Goes Hungry,” says Cayden’s web page at a social fundraising site. “Cayden called family, friends, neighbors and even took back cans to raise money to pay off low income kids delinquent lunch accounts at school. He not only paid off the accounts but added money to them so the child had no future worries about lunches.”


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Posted on 03/19/2014, in Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. I read about this. Now, THIS is what it’s all about. THIS is about Love for one another!!


  2. Cayden was a beautiful, caring heart.

    Bless him!


    • correction– “HAS” not “was”


    • Yahtzee,
      Yes, Cayden does. He didn’t take the example set for him by adults in the school, to treat his friends differently by feeding them, but not feeding them what Cayden had for lunch.

      That realization makes his heart special.


  3. Out of the mouths of babes comes a solution. What an amazing young man, his parents must be proud.


    • towerflower,
      Yes, his parents must be proud.

      One thing we can see (without being told) is that Cayden noticed that his friend was not treated equally — a grilled cheese sandwich rather than a hot lunch. Cayden learned that his friend was given food, but not the same food — a hot lunch, because of lack of money. He set out to correct that, and he did.

      Bless his heart.


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