Generous five-year-old girl spends Christmas money to make food boxes

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A generous five-year-old from Aldershot spent her Christmas money on food boxes for vulnerable people.

Maisy-Aurora Youd, 5, was concerned that her friends might might not have enough to eat, after hearing mum Lucy talk about the free school meals controversy.

The generous schoolgirl decided to try and help and has spent the last few days making up food parcels.

Her proud mum took Maisy-Aurora to the supermarket to buy enough food for at least four boxes, reports Hampshire Live.

Lucy said: “I was sat talking with a friend about the debate going round about free school meals and people weren’t getting enough and Maisy asked what we were talking about

“So I explained that some people can’t go out because they’re vulnerable or they can’t afford food and so some people are going hungry.

“She started panicking because she thought her friends would be going hungry, so she disappeared and came back with her envelope of Christmas money and she said ‘mummy I want to go get food for my friends, you were talking about people not getting enough and I want to buy it for them.’

“I just started crying, she is only five and I didn’t think she’d understand the concept of it. I was really taken aback by how generous she was being.”

The pair went to Lidl, Maisy’s favourite supermarket to buy food for four boxes.

Lucy said: “She picked out a lot of stuff, she was asking me what would be good but I asked her what she thought her friends would like.”

They decided on staples like pasta and rice, along with Maisy’s favourites; chocolate and croissants.

Next, to find people, to give the food to, Lucy emailed Maisy’s school and posted in a local Facebook group.

So far they’ve delivered 10 boxes.

Lucy said: “She loves it. We’ve donated to people who’ve been made redundant, people who haven’t got their furlough money yet and people who are pregnant and are shielding .

“People say thank you to her and you can see her smile in the car, it’s nice that people are going out their way to say thank you to her. I was more than happy to leave it on the doorstep and leave.”

After ex-military friends of Maisy’s grandfather, Paul Youd, donated £80, they decided to make more boxes.

Another Ash Vale resident has donated £25 and a packet of Wispa chocolates for Maisy, which she has shared with her younger brother.

Lucy added: “I really didn’t expect this or people to contribute more money, it’s been really lovely and it’s nice to see all the comments she’s had and it means a lot to her when I read them out.”

“She is just so kind hearted, it took me back to be honest. She could have gotten barbie dolls but she didn’t want to do that. I am really really proud her.”