Boy Spends His Allowance Money To Donate Books For Prisoners

A child with a heart of gold.

A 9-year-old boy in Tennessee is being heralded for his generosity after donating over 100 books to a jail library.

Tyler Fugett and his mother Rebecca Corken surprised the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office when they dropped off the books last week. Fugett reportedly allocated his allowance money to buy clearance books for the prisoners.

"He said, 'When I'm thinking bad thoughts, I like to read, so I want to collect books for them,'" Corken told ABC News. "He said, 'If they read, they don't have time to think about doing bad things when they come out. Maybe they'll find one thing in there that would make them click to be better people.'"

The sheriff's office was overwhelmingly gracious for the kind act, and noted that they rely 100 percent on donations to fill the library's shelves.


Jail libraries are an important — yet often under-appreciated — aspect of the rehabilitation process for prisoners. Many inmates use the library to sharpen their literary skills or to help them get their GED. 

Prison education programs have been shown to reduce the rate at which people return to prison, and jail libraries are a key part in helping them transition to life on the outside, so Fugett's kind act could have a real impact.

Fugett plans to donate more books to other places in need, including hospitals, veterans' facilities and shelters. 

"We live penny to penny and for him to do this, it's a blessing to see," Corken told Yahoo.

As the sheriff's office noted in a tweet, you are never too young to make a big difference.

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