Summerside boy gives paycheque to man in need

Ancelene MacKinnon
Published on December 30, 2015

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

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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.