8th Grader Saves Up Her Allowance to Host Free Laundry Day for the Needy

8th Grader Saves Up Her Allowance to Host Free Laundry Day for the Needy

An inspirational eighth grader from Riverdale, Illinois has used her own pocket money and gathered donations to host a free laundry day for people in need in her local community.

Fourteen-year-old Jayera, a straight-A student and member of the Washington Junior High School Honor Society, noticed that some of the students she was tutoring often came to school in dirty clothes. She decided to start saving her $5 weekly allowance and collect donations from the community, raising over $900 for the event.

“It will help drastically because they wouldn’t get talked about as much,” said Jayera about her initiative. “Because it lowers their esteem. Once they get that esteem boost they’ll feel much better and they’ll pay attention more to their education.”

“We’re really proud of her,” Jayera’s mother, Tanya Williams, told the Chicago Tribune. “She had mentioned that when she tutored kids, sometimes their uniforms were dirty. She came up with the idea on her own.”

Jayera’s father, Michael Griffin, said that she has always been considerate of other people, volunteering at food pantries and performing random acts of kindness.

“She’s been doing community service since she was a little shorty,” he said.

After spreading the word throughout her neighborhood and school, dozens of people visited Mama’s Coin Laundry, where Jayera used the funds to provide free washing for all who need it.

“This is awesome,” said Rita Meadows, a senior citizen who made use of the service. “This is the first time I’ve seen something like this, where somebody thought of the community. She truly is an angel.”

The neighborhood where Jayera’s family lives is struggling, with many businesses closed down. According to Illinois School Report Card information for the Dolton-Riverdale School District, 94.6% of the 2,100 students in the area are low-income, and 5.3% of the students at her high school are homeless.

After the success of the free event, Jayera says she wants to carry on and hold another free wash day for the students before they return to school after summer break in a few months. She also has plans to raise money to buy clothes for people in need.

“It just makes me happy,” said Jayera. “I don’t’ want anything from it, I just want to make other people happy.”

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  1. Barbara Rowe

    Her mother should be so proud of her!!!

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  2. Jenz

    God bless you, Jayera. Keep up your acts of kindness and you will be repaid 10,000x over. You have a kind heart and are setting a good example for others.

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  3. nikita

    amazing and so thoughtful!!! once in awhile my faith in humanity is restored (for a little while).

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  4. Amy Pruitt

    Props to Jayerea!! This goes to show, age doesn’t matter when you’re trying to make a difference in this world!! I’m sure good Karma will reward her in her future ☺

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  5. Sheila T.

    A true act of selflessness and compassion for those in need. You are an amazing young lady, Jayera, and I’m very proud of you for doing so well in school as well as your generosity towards others. May God bless you and keep you safe.

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  6. Shasha

    Very helpful! She is smart/wise. May she continue to help and enjoy helping in this way and many other ways. God bless! Very caring!

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  8. Teri J Wilson

    What a wonderful child! Bravo for such a caring gift!

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  9. Noreen

    Its a great thing to do such a deed. You are one in a million. I wish you well for your future. You would make a great ambassador for the area. I totally admire you for your great deeds. Many happiness and blessings to you and your family. Wishing you also great luck in your life.

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  10. Gary Robertson

    A heart warming story and it’s these kind of acts in life that rub off on others to return the favour. Good luck in all your efforts

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  11. Judy

    You are a very thoughtful and considerate young lady, Jayera. You have a bright future ahead of you. You are special indeed to put the needs of other people before yourself. Thank you for being a blessing to your community.

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  12. Leanne

    What an angel you are Jayera. We need more people like you.

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  13. Gerri debeer

    Jayera is one of the special people God Created to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Her future will be bright and successful because The Lord watches over His Special Creations. Her purpose on earth is to give hope and faith much as Jesus Christ did. Jayera follows the example of Jesus Christ. She is truly blessed and a great example for her generation.

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  14. Janice

    What a beautiful gesture this young lady did for her classmates! We need more people like her in this world!!

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  15. Deb

    How generous and compassionate. The world needs more people like you.
    The Galarneau family

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