When 7-year-old Trenton Gardner learned from his mother that some families don’t have enough money to buy toys for Christmas, he was very troubled. But his reaction went above and beyond the call of a sympathetic kid’s duty. He marched into his local McDonald’s in southwest Indiana and asked for a job to help pay for toy donations to less fortunate kids. Of course, he was too young to actually work at the fast-food restaurant, but Gardner’s persistence and perseverance got him a “job” wiping down tables.
“He asked for a job and they told him that he was too young, and he burst into tears because he was so upset,” Rhonda Butler, the general manager, told WTHI.
Gardner was made an honorary employee for the week and received compensation for his work. In return, the McDonald’s branch donated toys to the Toys for Tots charity. Gardner also donated his small paychecks to buy toys for the needy.
“If he’s willing to work so hard at 7, I only imagine what he’s going to be like when he gets older,” Lindsey Gardner, Trenton’s mother, told Fox.