9-year-old girl spends birthday feeding the homeless
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. —
Instead of a day filled with balloons, sweets, and gifts, one nine-year-old spent her birthday feeding the homeless at the Firehouse Shelter.
There are many ways nine-year-old Sydney Coney could have spent her birthday.
"She didn't say 'Mom, I want a party.' 'Mom, I want to go to dinner.' She said Mom, I want to feed the homeless, and it made me proud," said Erica Coney.
After hearing her aunt's church sermon, Sydney came up with the brilliant idea to serve others on her special day.
"People don't have a home. People don't have a life, but now they do. So, I really want to feed this community right now, and that's my dream. I'm happy," said Sydney.
Her desire to serve inspired others to help as well. Neighbors, teachers, and family donated food, money, and other supplies.
"They did so much work on this food. I'm just happy," said Sydney.
Sydney's crew treated over 150 people in need to a feast of ham, chicken, green beans, corn, rice, rolls - and of course, birthday cake.
"It made us feel exceedingly blessed that she can have such an impact at such an early age," said Erica.
Mayor-elect Randall Woodfin also stopped by to surprise Sydney and thanking her for her service.