Summerside boy gives paycheque to man in need

Ancelene MacKinnon
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Twelve-year-old Kaden MacInnis stands with his mother Crissey Arsenault. Kaden recently gave his paycheque of $40 to a man in need.

SUMMERSIDE - On the cold December night, with the money from his paycheque in hand, Kaden MacInnis walked up to the man in need feeling a strong sense of what is right.

The 12-year-old from Summerside was in Charlottetown with his family recently to see the production of “Aladdin” at the Confederation Centre of the Arts.

The man, with a sign around his neck that read he needed money for food and rent, ‘God Bless’, was near the centre’s doors on Queen Street.

“We were walking in. I asked, ‘Mom, are we going to give him any money?’ and she gave me two bucks,” said Kaden.

However, once they were in the lobby, he felt the urge to do even more.

“I waited a couple minutes, and I asked my grandmother for my money from her purse,” said Kaden. “I was questioning should I do it or should I not. Then, when nobody was looking, I walked out and gave my $40 to him.”

The man responded with a smile and a thank you.

Kaden, feeling satisfied about his act of kindness, went back inside to tell his mother.

Crissey Arsenault was touched at the selflessness of her son.

“He had plans with that money already to buy me and his father Christmas presents this year and then to give it away without asking if he should, was enough.

“I told him, ‘that’s the best Christmas present I have ever gotten’,” she added.

Kaden felt happy after he gave the man his money, which he earns by working as Maurice Bernard’s art assistant at the Lefurgey Cultural Centre.

“He needs it more than me,” he said.

Organizations: Confederation Centre, Lefurgey Cultural Centre

Geographic location: Summerside, Charlottetown, Queen Street

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  • Shawn Stevenson
    December 30, 2015 - 23:53

    Most heart touching story I've read this year on P.E.I. -- Too the parents and the kid; Give all of yourself's a big pat on the back. This is the most heart warming, heart filling, and very re-mindful of how the holidays are about sharing and caring for others. The young boy not even asking his parents, That was a tremendous amount of courage it would take for a child that age to do that without the fear of being in trouble or praised.

  • the grinch
    December 30, 2015 - 11:27

    This boy's mother should have taught him to give only to registered charities. She has everything to be proud of, but also owes him $40. This is how we lost one of our few nice streets to vagrants - because it's profitable, and our city council is hopelessly clueless. Not one cent of that boy's $40 will go to food or shelter. We're literally paying people to ruin the street under the guise of charity.

  • d from queens
    December 30, 2015 - 11:23

    this young is teaching us all something we should lesson to and do great job Kaden

  • Gabby
    December 30, 2015 - 10:36

    It was a very nice gesture but if you really want to help the homeless give to addictions to homeless shelters or soup kitchen. Knowing personally the few panhandlers downtown, i would bet the money went to crack. Sad that they would even accept this young mans hard earned money.

    • Bobby
      December 30, 2015 - 14:25

      I agree with you that the odds are this young man's money didn't go towards what it was intended to. However, that still doesn't take away the fact that this young man did what many of us don't do, and that is put somebody else ahead of himself. Great job Kaden.

  • Parent
    December 30, 2015 - 09:00

    What a wonderful compassionate gesture on behalf of a young boy.... giving to strangers is the ultimate in selflessness.... good job, Kaden!

  • david
    December 30, 2015 - 08:14

    It's nice to see compassion coming from such a young person even if it is misplaced.

  • Elle's mother
    December 30, 2015 - 07:10

    May God bless Kaden!