A mother and her five-year-old son were hurrying home from the supermarket on a cold winter’s night in Torquay, Devon.
The little boy spotted a man huddled up in the doorway of a shop with a ragged blanket around him.
Why is he sitting there? he asked his mother.
“He is homeless. He has no home to go to.
On the pavement, the man had placed his cap, which had a few coins I it.
Why is he collecting money, said her son.
He needs money to buy food.
The little boy starting to cry.
“Mummy, I have some money in my piggy bank in my bedroom. I want to give him some money.
“How much would you like to put in?
All of it, he replied.
Mother and son went home collected all the coins and returned.
The boy placed all his savings of £4.70 in the cap.
The homeless man and the little boy gave each other a big smile.
We can learn a lot about compassion from children.