Young Philanthropist Donates in Honor of Grandmother
Written by Admin | May 14, 2014 | In The News
Eleven-year-old Dominick Kinney received $10 from his aunt with an unusual stipulation: split the gift with $5 for his own use and $5 as a donation to a charity of his choice.
What to choose? With a little help from his mother, Dominick searched the internet and found a nonprofit that made him think of his grandmother who lives in Madison. “She lives with her pets and she has someone who helps her,” he says.
Dominick selected Independent Living, Inc. The mission of the nonprofit organization is to serve seniors and adults with disabilities, and this is accomplished through comprehensive in-home services, home health care and senior housing options that include keeping small pets.
Accompanied by his mother, Nicole Christianson, and his sister, Mikayla Stein, Dominick went to Independent Living to present his donation. When he opened his wallet to present cash, the cash kept coming and coming. He tripled the original $5 gift by donating his half and saving other small change. In total, Dominick donated $16.50.
“It’s something he wanted to do, and we’re very proud of him,” Nicole says, beaming. Dominick, a charming fifth grader with an unpretentious style, simply smiled.