Most children have big plans for what they want to spend their birthday money on.

But Leo, aged eight, decided to do something different with his cash after being given a reality check by his dad, Corie Edden.

“Leo’s my first son and I probably did spoil him a bit at first,” Corie said.

“I’m one of six siblings so we didn’t have much growing up and I didn’t want him growing up like that.

“Every time we went shopping he would ask for a new toy. So I showed him how some people don’t even have a home and said ‘do you think they care about new toys? They just want some dinner’.

“He took it well and started saying how he was grateful for what he had.”

Leo was given £100 for his birthday and initially spent £60 on various things he wanted.

But he left Corie surprised when he revealed what he wanted to spend his remaining £40 on.

Corie said: “One night he came to me and said ‘I know what I want to do with the rest’, and I expected him to say he wanted a new game or something like that.”

But Leo told his dad that he wanted to give the money away to help people more in need of it.

“I did think about letting him donate it, then replacing the money, but I wanted this to be a lesson that stuck with him,” Corie said.

“I even took him round the toy aisle in Morrisons first and explained how he couldn’t just ask for the money back if he changed his mind. But he was determined.”

The pair filled up the trolley and took it to the food donation point in store.

Leo, eight, with the manager of Morrisons on Holyhead Road, who gifted him some chocolates and a voucher to say thank you for his food bank donation

Corie told the manager what Leo had done and the manager gave the youngster some chocolate and a £20 voucher to say thank you for his generosity.

Foodbank use has soared since the coronavirus pandemic hit, with Coventry Foodbank helping around twice as many families as usual.

And Leo’s gift has also inspired his dad to donate.

Corie said he has decided to donate £100 a month to help less fortunate families.

“I want to say thanks to my mum for teaching me the right way to raise my children,” he added.

“I could not be prouder of my son. God bless to those who have fallen on hard times.”





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