13-Year-old Jaxson Turner loves the holidays, but not for the reasons you might expect. While other kids may spend the pre-holiday season writing out wish lists and letters to Santa, Jaxson spends that time raising money. The money isn’t going to his video game fund or towards the latest pair of Air Jordans, but instead, every dollar goes to a kid who really needs it.
Three years ago on his birthday, rather than asking for gifts for himself, Jaxson started his own nonprofit. N2Y2C, or Never Too Young To Care, aims to help those in northern Texas facing struggles such as homelessness and poverty.
According to his organization’s website, “Jaxson believes NO ONE is ever too young to give of themselves. Give a meal, a hug, a smile for a day and you will touch them for a lifetime.”
Jaxson runs multiple events throughout the year to help those in his community such as Easter dinners, back-to-school events, an event that raises awareness about domestic abuse, and a wildly successful Christmas event.
“N2Y2C raises money during the months of October through mid-December to provide Christmas gifts for homeless children at the Samaritan Inn in McKinney, TX,” the website explains. “The donations go toward the purchase of new coats, sneakers, hats, socks, toys and special events for the children during the day, as well as a special Christmas dinner for their families.”
Using GoFundMe and social media fundraisers, Jaxson raised a staggering $5,900 this year – all of which went to children at his local homeless shelter. As a result of Jaxson’s hard work and generosity, 61 kids were able to have the Christmas that every child deserves.
“I think we need to help them because so many families during this pandemic are losing their jobs or their houses and moms are already worrying about being homeless,” Jaxson told Good News Network. “Why should they worry about Christmas for their children too?”
The big-hearted 13-year-old held a giveaway party for the families in the shelter, filled with delicious food and plenty of gifts to go around.
“Some people were crying tears,” Jaxson recalled. “One of the families with four kids and a mother let me know that their children had never gotten brand new shoes before.”
Jaxson himself is proof that his organization’s name is the absolute truth. You’re never too young to care, and perhaps more importantly, you’re never too young to make a difference.