LIMA — Jacob Miller wants to be a dancer when he grows up.
“I want to dance, and I just want to entertain people with my talent because I feel like that’s what I made to do in this world,” said the 11-year-old fifth-grader at St. Charles Elementary School.
His passion for dancing is only surpassed by his willingness to give to others.
For the past two years, Miller has taken money he’s earned from doing his household chores and donated it to charity.
“I do chores around the house like water plants because we have a lot of plants,” Miller said. “I folded clothes, put away clothes, sort laundry, do laundry. We have like over like 30 chores that me and my siblings can split up and do.”
They get $1 for every chore completed. On Monday, Miller presented the West Ohio Food Bank with a check for $160.
“We’ve been learning (in school) how to help people, and I’ve seen so many videos of starving people,” Miller said. “I just really want to help them out. I feel like they need help.”
This isn’t the first time he’s helped out the West Ohio Food Bank.
“Last year I had $120, and I donated $60 to Deb’s Dogs and $60 the West Ohio Food Bank,” he said. “I wanted to save dogs because I figured that they get lost from their families during every hurricane, and I just don’t think it’s right. They should be paired with their families instead of split apart. So I donated $60 here (at the food bank) because I wanted to feed hungry people, and that I could help everyone and hopefully, that they can have a wonderful Christmas and that their days will be filled with love and care.”
West Ohio Food Bank CEO Linda Hamilton is proud of the example Jacob sets for the rest of us.
“We hear about kids today that many times they’re just out causing trouble,” Hamilton said. “It’s really great to know that families are really helping to strengthen their kids to be able to not only take care of themselves as they get older, and learn financial responsibility but also really learn about what it’s like to be giving back.”
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.