Seven-year-old Phoebe Brown is a little girl with a big heart. The second grader was shopping with her mother at a Hy-Vee store in Independence, Missouri when she found a scratch-off lottery ticket worth $100 laying on the floor.
"We were walking to the registers and I stepped over it," Phoebe's mother, Audrey Brown, told ABC News. "She said, 'Mom, mom! It's a winner!' I saw it was $100. I was surprised."
Even more surprising, was what Phoebe decided to do with her newfound wealth. Instead of spending it on herself, the big-hearted youngster used it to buy food for the Sycamore Hills Elementary School Thanksgiving food drive. With Phoebe’s contribution her school was able to donate more than 1,700 canned goods, earning them first place in the Independence School District’s 150th anniversary food drive competition. As a reward, the school’s gym teacher Herb Horseman allowed the 2nd grade class to shave his giant beard.
"For a mother, it's more than you could possibly imagine," Brown said of her daughter's generous act. "You expect to wait to hear or see that when they grow up. It was a total blessing."