Giving Like Hank

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Giving Like Hank

Elizabeth Amstutz, Staff writer

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“We can all learn lessons from little ones. It’s one thing to believe in helping others, but when it counts is when belief becomes action.” On September 21st, Jessica Corona-Irwin was caught by surprise when the sound of the doorbell rang amongst the morning chaos. Her son Hank was delighted to find Boardman Band members on their front doorstep. Living right behind the school, Hank and the Irwin family listen to the band play frequently from their front porch. “He and his sister get so excited, they love dancing to the music and Hank likes to bring his pocket trumpet to ‘play along,’” says Corona-Irwin. The band members came to their door for their annual tag day, looking for donations. After his mother apologized for the realization that she had no cash on her, Hank interjects with a yell, “Don’t worry Mom!” as he runs up the stairs for his piggy bank. His devotion to the band and the instinct to selflessly give to others moved his mother to tears. Following their initial interaction with the band members, Corona-Irwin posted Hank’s story on Facebook and Instagram. The story was then picked up by a popular social media account, “Soul Pancake,” which is a place where inspiring stories are posted to weed out negativity. Once the story reached Facebook,  a donation post was set up for anyone who would like to “give like Hank” to the band. Hanks cause resulted in a $140 donation for the band, and one very exited kid. Once the story made its way to our band director, Mr. Ruggeri who invited the family to come to a practice. “As usual, Hank brought his trumpet (which is real!) and showed him how he can play it, which is crazy because he’s only 3 years old, and none of us can make it do anything,” explains Corona-Irwin. “So he asked Hank to join them for the fight song, it was really special.” Hank’s story can be seen as an inspiration to do a small amount of good for anyone, without thinking of any reward. “I think it’s important that we really pay attention to the younger people. There is no hidden agenda, no discrimination, they only know love and acceptance, kindness and humanity.”