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Louisiana boy scores shopping spree after trying to donate his money



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A nine-year-old boy in Louisiana was gifted a shopping spree after trying to give his only dollar to a man he thought was homeless.

Kelvin Ellis Jr. made the offering last month after seeing a disheveled-looking man standing outside a Baton Rouge, La., coffee shop.

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“If you’re homeless, here’s a dollar,” the youngster recalled saying, according to CBS News.

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But the man wasn’t homeless — he was local sporting goods store owner Matt Busbice.

Busbice — who has several companies worth hundreds of millions of dollars — found himself outside that morning in mismatched clothes after he was forced outside because of a fire alarm in his building.

The 42-year-old decided to go for a cup of coffee while he waited.

“And I started to slowly open my eyes and there’s a kid coming at me, about my height,” Busbice said.

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The boy handed him a dollar.

Even though it was the only money he had to his name, Kelvin was eager to give it to someone in need.

“I always wanted to help a homeless person and I finally had the opportunity,” Kelvin said.


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Busbice was so touched that he invited Kelvin for a snack and connected with the boy’s father before ultimately inviting the kind-hearted child to a shopping spree at his sporting goods store.

Kelvin had 40 seconds to pick out whatever he wanted, including a new bike.

Kelvin said he wasn’t looking for a reward when he gave up his dollar.

“(I feel) joy because I helped someone,” Kelvin said. “Give something away and you feel like you’ve got a lot of things from it.”

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