8-year-old twins donate allowance to help others during COVID-19 outbreak

SHORELINE, Wash. — Jaron and Kylin are 8-year-old twins who live in Shoreline. Each week, the children receive $8 in allowance, as many dollars as they are old.

They divide the money into three parts -- money to save, money to share, and money to spend.

Earlier this month the pair decided to donate their allowance to help others.

Jaron sent his $44 to Food Lifeline. "Because since coronavirus people can't go to the store as much so I'm donating money to help," explained Jaron.

Kylin sent $75 to Pediatric Interim Care Center in Kent, caring for babies born addicted to drugs. “So they can grow up to be their best selves,” said Kylin.

The letters offered encouragement to people working to help some of the most vulnerable in our community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The timing was perfect for Food Lifeline, scrambling to meet the growing need in the community.

“It is just so heart-stirring, so inspiring for our team at Food Lifeline. It’s those moments that really keep us going at these difficult times,” said Linda Nageotte, CEO of Food Lifeline."

Jaron, we appreciate your generosity and your giving spirit. We hope you know that your letter is keeping us going, so thank you."

Food Lifeline says the demand is impossible to meet and they are doing all they can. The National Guard is helping.

In Kent at Pediatric Interim Care Center, founder Barbara Drennen opened Kylin’s letter.

“I was very very touched by it,” said Drennen. She says it is an especially emotional time at PICC. Due to coronavirus the parents and grandparents are unable to see the babies as they undergo with withdrawal from drugs. “That’s very sad and very emotional. We have a lot of different emotions here. We shed a lot of tears and a lot of happiness also,” Drennen said.

Drennen said they had to cancel their annual fundraiser luncheon with 700 guests. They are looking for community support, and need disinfecting wipes for counters and cribs.

Joran and Kylin’s mom is thankful for her children’s big hearts.

"We are just so proud of our kids who have these big hearts, and are learning at a much younger age than I did for sure, what it means to be fortunate and have the things we need," said Sarah.

The twins are glad they were able to help others.

“I feel like I did a good thing,” said Joran with a smile.