Jack Swanson is a 7-year-old boy from Texas who donated his piggy bank savings to a mosque in his town that had been vandalized. The Islamic Center of Pflugerville was hit by a hate crime in which feces were smeared on its walls, and copies of the Quran were ripped to pieces. Jack asked his mother if he could help, and she took him to meet mosque leaders and donate his $20 in savings. His gesture meant the world to mosque board member Faisal Naeem:
Jack's $20 are worth $20 million to us because it's the thought that counts. Jack is just a little older than my son, Ibrahim. If we have more kind-hearted kids like them in the world, I have hope for the future.
Here's Jack making his original donation:
It turns out Jack was saving the money in his piggy bank for an iPad. International human rights lawyer Arsalan Iftikhar saw the story, and decided Jack should be repaid for his kindness and generosity. So he sent Jack an iPad, just in time for the holidays:
You had saved $20 in your piggy bank for an Apple iPad. But then a local Islamic mosque was vandalized, so you donated your $20 to this local Texas mosque. Because of your amazing generosity & kind heart, please enjoy this Apple iPad with our sincere thanks.
The American Muslim Community
Look at that delighted face! Hopefully this news story is seen by kids Jack's age, so that there's hope for the future, just as Naeem had hoped when Jack made his donation. It would be great if stories about goodwill amongst Americans of different faiths drowned out every other type of story that dominates the news.