‘I’m happy at myself’: 10-year-old Roanoke boy raising money for the homeless

During this pandemic, a local Roanoke boy is outshining the doom and gloom of COVID-19

ROANOKE, Va. – In some ways, 10-year-old Tyler Hettig is just like any other kid his age during the COVID-19 outbreak: home-schooling, playing video games, and getting outside when he can.

Except for one.

“I raised $500 for the homeless,” said Tyler.

To be exact, Tyler raised $545.

His dad, Heath Hettig, said that helping the homeless is a cause Tyler has always cared about.

"He’s seen them on the side of the street and just said, ‘Dad, I feel bad for them. I wish I could do something,'” Heath said.

At the end of March, Tyler got the idea to stand outside his Roanoke home and hold up a sign asking for donations to help the homeless.

Due to the coronavirus, Heath suggested they post the fundraiser on Facebook instead. Next thing they knew, donations came pouring in.

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