Manalapan 8-Year-Old Takes His Piggy Bank to Charity by Founding His Own
A small idea about saving his allowance turned into an official charity where all are encouraged to give back, even in small ways.
Eight-year-old Liam Greene has started a charity. That's right, the young son of Natalie and Brian Greene, a trustee of The Foundation of Manalapan, is already giving back to the community at a very young age through his This Little Piggy Went 2 Charity.
When Greene received a gift of a piggy bank from his yonger brother, Declan, he decided to turn the gift into a charitable movement saying "This little piggy will go to charity!" Greene and his brother have been saving their allowance to donate to those in need and have encouraged others to do so, as well.
Natalie and Brian provide those who want to contribute with a small piggy bank; once the bank is full, the savings are calculated and a check is made out to This Little Piggy Went 2 Charity. The saver will then let Natalie and Brian know which charity, organization or cause they want to support and the funds are transferred. Every person gets to keep the small piggy bank and each time it is full they will repeat the procedure.
"Our goal is to motivate people, including children, to give, and to get them in the habit of doing so," Natalie said.
Greene founded This Little Piggy Went 2 Charity on January 1, 2012, but Natalie has confirmed the charity is official with an EIN and a bank account.
The very first full bank the charity received contained $50.45 which was provided to The Foley Fund, a collection of money being collected for the Foley family who lost their house in a dryer fire last December. Justin Foley was a volunteer firefighter for Manalapan Township Fire Co. #1. The funds, along with the piggy bank, were given to the firehouse on Jan. 6.
On Feb. 12, another piggy bank full of $41.50 was donated to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in honor of Manalapan resident Laura Fish, who lost her battle with cancer last December.
Greene's second grade teacher at Milford Brook School, Jeanine Luchi, placed a piggy bank in her clasroom in mid-January and has since collected $37.33 worth of pennies from the students. Luchi explained the significance of donating to the piggy bank, which she explained was optional, and Greene's parents are thrilled about the generous young students who filled the bank within a month.
Luchi contributed some funds to the cause bringing the total from the class to $90 and the funds were also sent to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in honor of Laura Fish.