Peters expresses immense pride in her 8-year-old son, stating, “I am incredibly proud of my son. To comprehend such a concept at his age is truly remarkable in my eyes. He has a heart of gold.”
Cayden’s project, “Pay It Forward: No Kid Goes Hungry,” has achieved significant success. Each morning before class, Cayden delivered funds to the school. His initial contribution of $64 covered almost 150 lunches. The fundraising page experienced exponential growth, accumulating $7,000 in donations. What began as a modest effort expanded rapidly, drawing support from as far away as Hong Kong.
“We started by settling his elementary school debt and ended up covering the entire Livingston County,” Peters shared. She emphasized the significance of small actions leading to substantial impacts, stating, “Doing something small can transform into something significant and go a long way. Paying it forward is meaningful.”
Peters noted that Cayden was indifferent to the media attention and only aimed to assist as many students as possible. She mentioned, “I didn’t even ask Cayden for the name of the boy who inspired the campaign. I don’t want to single anyone out. Our primary focus is on providing support for reduced lunches.”
Thomas Gould, the director of public relations for Howell Public Schools, commended the 8-year-old’s generosity, stating, “What Cayden is doing is very generous and it shows how caring all of our students are. It’s also important to know that all of our kids are offered lunch no matter what.”
This heartwarming tale underscores the impact that each individual, regardless of age, can have on the lives of those around them