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Allowance for a cause.

A selfless 10-year-old boy in Phoenix, Arizona, who has experienced homelessness in his past is using his allowance to help those in similar situations.

When 10-year-old Xavier Elliott's father returned from Iraq, where he served in the U.S. Army, his father experienced post-traumatic stress disorder, reported the Huffington Post. The Elliott family ended up in multiple homeless shelters, but now, years later, Xavier's parents are back on their feet and able to volunteer and assist other veterans in need.

Xavier was inspired by his parents' actions and decided he wanted to do something for others too. With his own money, he has begun to purchase fabric and make clothing for local homeless children.

"I think the idea came to him from everything we have endured and wanting to make a difference for other people," said Xavier's mother, Stephanie Elliott. "I think he took the volunteering he sees now and made it his own."

Xavier will be donating the clothing he creates to the Salvation Army, Crisis Nursery, and UMOM New Day Center, a Phoenix homeless shelter.

He has also been collecting donations through his Facebook page to help pay for fabric, in the hope that he will eventually be able to purchase his own sewing equipment, as he currently uses his mother's.

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Title Annotation:THE GOODNESS OF AMERICA; Xavier Elliott's donation of clothing for homeless children
Author:Clabough, Raven
Publication:The New American
Article Type:Brief article
Date:Aug 3, 2015
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