As the mom of a first grader, I always find it so heartwarming when he selflessly tries to help out one of his classmates. And that's why I couldn't help but be so moved and inspired after hearing about a 6-year-old boy who raised over $30,000 to help his sick friend.
Little Dylan Siegel knew he wanted to do something to help his best friend, 7-year-old Jonah Pournazarian, who suffers from a rare liver disorder called glycogen storage disease type 1B. He told his parents he wanted to raise money, and they suggested he set up a lemonade stand.
But Dylan had another plan -- he wanted to write a book in honor of his buddy.
And that's exactly what he did.
He wrote and illustrated Chocolate Bar all by himself, and after a mere two months, sales have exceeded $30,000.
Chocolate Bar is a term Dylan and Jonah use to describe something that's cool. The book describes different things that are so "chocolate bar," and the last page reads, "I like to help my friends. That is the biggest chocolate bar."
Are you getting teary-eyed yet? If not, you will be after watching this video about Dylan's efforts to help Jonah.
Wow. Is this story the most chocolate bar thing you've ever heard or what? What a couple of absolutely amazing little boys.
This is an example of true friendship in its purist and most wonderful state, plain and simple.
And I can't even begin to imagine how much pride Dylan's parents are bursting with over how their little boy took it upon himself to take action when he felt help was in order instead of assuming he couldn't do anything because of his young age. I also have to give them tons of credit for taking their son's initiative seriously and helping him carry out his efforts. I'd like to think I'd do the same if my child had a similar idea, but I can see where it would be easy to cast it aside simply because you don't believe your child can actually make a difference.
But if anyone is living proof of just how far a little kindness and determination can go -- it's Dylan Siegel.
I'll definitely be sharing his story with my son and keeping his incredible gesture in the back of my mind to remind me that no effort is ever too small when it comes to having an impact on someone's life.
Has your child ever gone to great lengths to help out a classmate or friend?
Image via ChocolateBarBook/YouTube