One Lexington Boy Changing the World

Cyndi Lundeberg

LEXINGTON, Tenn. - Many children think about what they want for Christmas, but one Lexington boy thinks not about himself but about other children.

"If I get any money or I work for anyone, all of my money goes to Haiti," said Brayden Wilson.

Two Christmases ago, Brayden Wilson, 8, began giving all of his money to help children he had never even met. Brayden learned of his church's mission trips to Haiti and he asked what he could do to help.

"Brayden had $100 from Christmas and he came to me and asked if he could donate that to the kids in Haiti," said Kim Wilson, Brayden's mother.

His parents matched his donation. Brayden then began a campaign at his church and other local churches, speaking about Haiti and telling people why he felt motivated to action.

"I wanted to help [the children] have a roof over their head at school," he said.

Barely two months later, Brayden managed to raise more than $2,000 to donate.

"The compassion Brayden has shown to the kids in Haiti has touched me to realize an 8-year-old can make a difference," his mother said.

In total, Brayden has raised nearly $5,000 which has doubled the size of the school in the small village and allowed all the children in the area to attend the school.

"It makes me feel really good to knowing the children now have a school to go to," Brayden said.

David Beecham, Brayden's pastor said in a few years he sees Brayden running the church. "I see him spearheading a Christian revolution making a difference in not just a few, but thousands of lives. And he's already moving in that direction," said Pastor Beecham.

First Pentecostal Church of Lexington will travel to Haiti February 10 to present the village with the money Brayden has raised. His mother said Brayden will travel to Haiti one day, when he is a little older.

For more information on how to help out Brayden, contact First Pentecostal Church on line or by phone (731) 968-6186.


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