Casey’s com­pas­sion warms the heart

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

AT least 19 home­less peo­ple in Perth will keep warm this win­ter thanks to seven-year-old Casey Hem­ing­ton.

The Bold Park Pri­mary School stu­dent said he was de­ter­mined to reach his tar­get of do­nat­ing at least 20 sleep­ing bags to the Sal­va­tion Army this month.

“I wanted to help in a soup kitchen but we couldn’t find one, so then we heard on the ra­dio about col­lect­ing sleep­ing bags,” he said.

“It is im­por­tant be­cause home­less peo­ple can­not be warm be­cause they don’t have enough money to buy sleep­ing bags.”

His mother Tanya Hem­ing­ton said Casey’s pro­ject started as part of his com­mu­nity ser­vice to achieve the high­est badge in Joey Scouts called the Joey Prom­ise Chal­lenge.

“Casey has al­ways been a very com­pas­sion­ate kid, al­ways con­cerned for oth­ers and very aware of other peo­ple’s feel­ings,” Mrs Hem­ing­ton said.

“He is very over­whelmed at the at­ten­tion the cause is re­ceiv­ing and he re­ally wants to achieve his goal. He should be very proud of him­self. We are proud of him.”

Email tan­hem­ing­ton@ya­ to do­nate new or clean sleep­ing bags, blan­kets and toi­letries.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey­mu­ni­ d441794

Com­pas­sion­ate Casey: Casey Hem­ing­ton (7) has do­nated sleep­ing bags to the Sal­va­tion Army.

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