Instead of Having a Birthday Party, This Chicago 6-Year-Old Wanted to Feed the Homeless


Most kids when they turn 6 want a huge birthday party with all their friends. Armani Crews, however, decided that feeding the homeless people in her community would be her way of celebrating.


According to ABC News, Armani’s mother, Artesha Crews, thought her precocious child “was joking” when she began begging a few months ago to feed the homeless.

“I said, ‘OK, we’ll make some sandwiches,’ to which Armani said, ‘No. I want the same thing we’d have at my birthday party,’” her mother recalled.

Her father, Antoine, said that if she went through with her mission, she would not be able to get a birthday gift. But Armani, who was turning 6 on March 5, was not fazed at all.

So the Chicago family went ahead and spent roughly $300 on food—including chicken, fish, spaghetti, corn, mashed potatoes, rolls, cake, fruit and water—to deliver to the homeless in the city’s East Garfield Park neighborhood.

But soon the idea grew beyond the family. Armani mentioned her plan at her local church, and congregation members pitched in to donate other items for care packages, which would include a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, hand sanitizer and a snack.


The “birthday party” was a huge hit, and the family fed more than 125 people who gathered on March 5.

“It was nice to be nice,” Armani told the network.


“She was excited. She was happy. Everybody was being fed. ... One of the gentleman said he hadn’t had a hot meal in a long time,” her mom said.

The 6-year-old now wants to make it a regular thing, and her mother said that the family planned to return to the park “within the next couple of weeks.”


Keep on keeping on, Armani. In these times, the world needs kind hearts like yours.

Read more at ABC News.

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The older I get, the more easily I start bawling. This was beautiful. Great job parents.