Inspiring, selfless and motivating. Those are just a few words used to describe little Daishon Kelly.
“I just love to make books, books is my thing,” Daishon said in Skype interview sitting alongside his mother, Melanie Kelly.
Daishon is 9-years-old and has already seen his fare share off tough times. He’s currently battling Junior Rheumatoid Arthritis, a condition that causes his joints to swell and become stiff. He also lost his father.
“It was kind of hard at first, but now its OK I’m getting through it I may cry some days but I get through it,” Daishon said.
But despite those challenges that’s not stopping him from spreading some love from the heart. After seeing the devastation left behind from the floods he mailed a hand written letter to flood survivors. “I felt bad about the people in need out there so I thought its not really much money so still I just still want to send it. It broke my heart. My mom just didn’t like it either, she let me see some pictures i did not like it all.”
“I don’t cry much and I just wept like a baby when I got this letter,” Stephen Baldwin said.
Baldwin is a Pastor and lives in Ronceverte and is a high school friend of Daishon’s mother. He received the letter at his church, Ronceverte Presbyterian and then posted it to social media. The letter also included an $11 donation.
The letter read:
“To Lewis burg. I have a family where you’re living. I’m worried about them and you. So I sent $11 to you so enjoy that’s all my allowance I have right now and I’ve seen images of Lewis burg I’m so sorry of what happened. :(“
Baldwin said the letter was perfect timing.
“Daishon really raised the bar, I think for the rest of us. When you’re in my position, a local minister folks have been sending us donations and you want to be good stewards of those funds and then you get $11 and his whole allowance that he gives to you to take care of it, that’s a high bar,” Baldwin said.