Dylandin Martin is not your average kid.
The 8-year-old saved up $250 from the tooth fairy, birthdays, Christmas and allowance to give to the homeless in Pensacola, Florida – and he has no plans to stop there.
“One morning I woke up with a yearning for change in the world and a message in my heart clear as day,” Martin wrote in a GoFundMe he started called “Living for God” to continue the effort. “God spoke to me through this feeling and led me to spread his word in everything that I do.”
After the Marcus Pointe Christian School student got the idea, he told his grandmother, Stacey Yates, that he needed help to purchase the supplies and find people in need.
Yates recently drove Dylandin around as he handed out Christmas bags filled with food, water, toiletries, a blanket and a card that reads, “God Loves You” at the Waterfront Rescue Mission and other places in the area.
“This was all his idea, to take his money that he saved up to buy for people that are underprivileged and give back,” Yates said to one of the men Martin was helping in a video posted to Facebook.
“Oh, bless his little heart,” he said. “Wow, God bless you. You are an awesome little man. Merry Christmas! Thank you so much!”
Another recipient of Dylandin’s gift, Freddie Olds, who had been homeless for two months, told WEARTV the kind gesture inspired him to pay it forward.
“You wouldn’t think someone would do something like that,” he said. “You want to do the same for someone else.”
Opening Doors, a Pensacola-based organization that serves the homeless, made the boy its ambassador.
“Everybody deserves a little light and happiness in their life, and I hope to make that a reality,” Dylandin said.