- A 9-year-old boy from Tennessee saved his allowance to donate books to prisoners
- He donated more than 100 books at the Montgomery County jail
- The boy’s mother said he’s now rounding up personal hygiene products to donate to prisoners and the needy
He may be small but he certainly has a big heart. Tyler Fugett, a 9-year-old Tennessee boy, has been saving his allowance all summer to start a book charity drive for the prisoners at the Montgomery County jail and help them turn their lives around.
The Clarksville 5th grader appeared unannounced with more than 100 books at tow that he wanted to donate to the local prison.
With the help of his mother, Rebecca Corkren, Tyler traveled to a dozen stores from Clarksville to Nashville to buy more than 100 books to donate.
“I don’t want people to think bad things while they are in jail,” Tyler told ABC news. “I want people to get out and not do bad things again.”
Corken added that the books they donated were carefully picked out and filled with inspirational stories.
“I’ve read a few of them and looked through them,” she said. “We make sure not to bring any violent books. They are to better yourself.”
The sheriff’s office was thrilled by the gesture and accepted the donation with open arms, as per an article published by Inside Edition.
“Our jail library has no budget and there’s no taxpayer money that goes towards it,” said Sandra Brandon, public information officer for the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. “We rely 100 percent on donations so when we get anything we’re just very excited.”
According to Corken, Tyler is now rounding up personal hygiene items to donate to prisoners and those who are in need.
“He’s doing the right thing. We live penny-to-penny, and for him to do this, it’s a blessing to see,” she said. “I’ve never seen a child with heart like his.”