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4-year-old uses allowance to feed the homeless

PRICHARD, AL (WPMI/NBC News) An Alabama 4-year-old is helping feed the homeless in his hometown.

Austin Perine decided to spend his allowance money on food for the homeless living in Prichard after a conversation with his dad, Terance.

Terance Perine says the idea was sparked while watching Animal Planet on TV. Austin asked his dad why a mother panda left her cubs alone.

"And I said, well, I guess it's going to be homeless for a while, and he said are people homeless and I said yeah, some of them. And he asked me to take him to see a homeless person," he recalls.

They did just that. 

Terance and Austin bought food for the homeless in Prichard. That experience launched a passion project for the 4-year-old, who now helps the hungry wherever he goes, in Birmingham and even Washington D.C.

"I just want Austin’s experience to be contagious to everyone else. Even though people are different, they still deserve to be loved," said Terance.



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