After hearing that a local mosque had been vandalized, 7-year-old Jack Swanson of Pflugerville, Texas decided to empty his piggy bank to help with the cleanup efforts. The incident was deplorable; the mosque was smeared with feces, and pages of the Quran were ripped to shreds. Jack's mother, Laura, helped him empty the piggy bank and bring the $20 to the Islamic Center of Pflugerville. Mosque board member Faisal Naeem was touched by the boy's donation. He told ABC News:
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.
It sounds like Jack's gesture did a lot more than help the mosque pick up the pieces following the vandalism. Kudos to his mom for helping him make a difference. She's a lot more tolerant and wise than parents who freak out when their kids learn about other religions in a historical context.