Ocean Beach boy uses lemonade stand savings to give care packages to homeless

Posted at 1:06 PM, Dec 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-11 16:29:41-05

OCEAN BEACH, Calif. — A community has rallied around one little boy's "Pay it Forward" project to create backpacks to distribute to the homeless of San Diego. 

Seven-year-old Dylan Rodrigues of Ocean Beach saved $120 he earned from putting up a lemonade stand to buy backpacks to fill with necessities like sack lunches, socks, scarves and band-aids.

"I wanted them to not starve," he said. 

The word got out that Dylan was on a mission to help people this holiday season and his project has now grown. Dozens of people have donated money and items to Dylan, his mother Holly Raines told 10News reporter Brian Shlonsky. 

This weekend, Dylan and his mom took to the streets of the East Village with hearts full of kindness to make sure everyone was warm and fed. 

So, what would prompt a boy who could be home watching Saturday morning cartoons or playing video games to tackle homelessness?

The answer is simple, he said: "So they could be happy."