Tiny hero alert! Tyler Stallings, an 8-year-old boy, has raised an incredible $50,000 for homeless veterans.
The Maryland-based kiddo began helping veterans in need at the young age of four-years-old after his mom, Andrea Blackstone, shared impactful videos with him.
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Meet Tyler Stallings, Who Raised $50,000 for Homeless Veterans
“He saw videos of veterans holding signs to no one responding to their cry for help and he thought this isn’t right. He didn’t like it,” Blackstone shared with Good Morning America. “He asked me, ‘If they’re heroes why should they be on the street?’ “
Tyler brainstormed ways to help, initially hoping to build houses for the veterans himself with supplies from the local hardware store. After pitching his idea, the young boy received a $100 grant from Gov. Larry Hogan.
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Tyler Puts the Funds Towards ‘Hero Bags,’ Which Are Essentially Care Packages for Homeless Veterans
Thanks to his dedication, the initial grant has grown tremendously over the past four years. He is putting funds towards “Hero Bags,” which are care packages filled with clothing, toiletries, bedding, and food.
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“When my mom said we couldn’t build homes for the veterans, I came up with an idea where we could give them Hero Bags,” Tyler shared in an interview with GoFundMe.
“The bags have clothes, shoes, snacks, toiletries, soap, a toothbrush, toothpaste, lotion, shaving gel, hand sanitizer — all the regular things people need.”
“It was supposed to be a one-time thing, but it turned into an all the time event,” added Tyler’s mom.
As a member of the Maryland Center for Veteran Education and Training, Tyler has become an advocate for veterans who are struggling. He continues to accept donations on his GoFundMe page.
Katie Nave is a freelance writer, producer, and mama living in Brooklyn, New York. Driven by her passion for storytelling, she is always seeking opportunities to elevate people who are working to better the world around them.
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