A’Layah Robinson is certainly not your typical child. Not only is she adorable, but the six-year-old also has an incredible passion to help people. And it’s a passion that recently caught the attention of national media.
Little A’Layah didn’t have the easiest start in life. Because her birth mother was a drug addict, she was placed in foster homes from a young age. And in an interview with Oklahoma news channel KFOR she described the experience as “not very fun.”
The little girl was later adopted by the Robinson family in Oklahoma. And while A’Layah had found herself a family at long last, in return the Robinsons were quickly realizing just how special she was.
In January 2017 her foster mom Misty Robinson told KFOR how A’Layah had been saving up birthday and Christmas money for a new Barbie toy. But when disaster struck another family, A’Layah showed incredible compassion.
Not long after A’Layah celebrated her birthday, in fact, a tornado flattened another family’s home. And the generous little girl decided she wanted to give all of her savings to them instead. But this was just the start of A’Layah’s plight to help others.
Next, A’Layah turned her attention to helping kids in foster care. Specifically, she wanted to help children in the care of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS). And it all started with some lemons.
Indeed, when she was just five years old, A’Layah started raising money for these foster kids by selling lemonade through a project called “Lemonade for Love.” And the Facebook page for the initiative explains how she aimed to help: “A generous five-year-old’s dream at providing EVERY foster child with a toy.”
And that’s exactly what little A’Layah has been doing. The money raised through lemonade sales buys bright yellow bags with various goodies inside, destined for the kids in care.
“I put that stuff in so they can be special and they can learn about Jesus from the Bible,” A’Layah told KFOR. Kids in Oklahoma’s care system can expect to find toys, Bibles, blankets and toiletries in the yellow bags.
This incredible act of kindness from such a young child was unlikely to go unnoticed by her teachers at school. And so A’Layah got some extra-special recognition during a whole school assembly in January 2017.
What A’Layah didn’t know, however, was that a whole television crew was also coming to this assembly. And in due course, a KFOR reporter came into the room with a microphone, asking for A’Layah to come to the front.
He explained to the six-year-old that she had been nominated by her kindergarten teacher, Tiffany Robertson, to receive the channel’s weekly cash handout. The “Pay It 4Ward” program gives $400 to a nominee who has “paid it forward” to someone else.
The kindergarten teacher struggled to fight back tears as she explained to A’Layah why she nominated her. She told her, “You’re my superhero, you know why? Because you do such an amazing thing for so many kids.”
Robertson then handed A’Layah $400 to help her continue her charitable work. The emotional presentation concluded with a huge applause from A’Layah’s classmates and teachers.
The school’s principal, meanwhile, had nothing but praise for A’Layah. She tearfully told KFOR that she had never before seen a child so young with “such a servant’s heart.”
And she also explained how the six-year-old wants everyone involved in the yellow bag initiative “to pray over every bag.” So, how exactly has charitable little A’Layah decided to use the $400 boost?
Well, A’Layah – described as a “gift from God” by her kindergarten teacher – started by buying 250 more yellow backpacks. The little girl didn’t have the best start in life herself. But she has continued to dedicate herself to other disadvantaged kids.
While most six-year-old kids would want to rush out and buy the latest toy, A’Layah did not. Instead she bought 100 more blankets and a further 50 baby blankets, all destined for Oklahoma’s foster children.
Proud foster mom Misty Robinson told KFOR, “If we had more kids like her, more adults like her, the world would be a much better place.” Undoubtedly, most people would find it hard to disagree.
We all know the phrase “when life give you lemons, make lemonade.” And that’s exactly what little A’Layah did. We can probably all learn something from her inspirational story of selflessness.