“It’s nice to be nice,” the little girl tells Moneyish, “I was so happy to see them smile.”
When Chicago kindergartner Armani Crews, 6, told her parents she wanted to serve pizza to the homeless instead of having a birthday party, the internet took notice. A drive was started to collect food and toiletries for the people little Armani often sees in her neighborhood. Initially, her mom said they would pass out sandwiches, bur Armani insisted she wanted to serve the same things she would have at her party.
So, on March 8, Armani donned a tiara and a big smile while she and other volunteers handed out hot meals of fish, spaghetti, and pizza — along with care packages — to people in need in the Garfield Park area.
CNN reported that nearly 125 people lined up around the block.
When asked what inspired her to give up her birthday party to help those in need, Armani told Moneyish, “It’s nice to be nice. God wants us to help other people.”
So, how did it feel to spend her birthday handing out food? “I was so happy to see them smile,” little girl added.
Armani’s mother, Artesha Smith-Cruz told Moneyish, “I am really proud of my baby girl. It has inspired others to help as well so God gets the glory.” Artesha also said the attention makes her daughter laugh but that mostly Armani is “excited about helping other people.”
Now the family is inspired to make volunteering a tradition and plans to organize additional drives.
“There are plenty of places in Chicago that need help,” Artesha told CNN. “If we help each other, we’ll be okay.”
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