NEWPORT — Madison Cline, 7, of Newport, recently became aware of the plight of the homeless. “I actually just saw on the news that there was this — homeless people. And I just thought of it. They need tents and things to cover it, so rain doesn’t get in,” she told the News-Times.
So Cline used her own money, her allowance, also raising additional funds from friends and family, to purchase items to help the homeless. Cline donated those items to Grace Wins Haven in Newport last week.
Cline made a list, her mother explained, choosing which items she wanted to purchase and shopping for them herself. She was determined and very specific, her mother said.
“I got pillows, I got gloves and beanies. I got tents, those big things that go over stuff, and I got hand warmers and lights and rain jackets.” Cline listed the items that were carefully packed in the back of her mother’s SUV.
“I just bought it, put it in my garage,” Cline said, succinctly explaining what she did. Asked how much she spent, she responded, “Kind of all of my $140.”
Diane Goff accepted the gift of cold weather supplies from Cline, who was accompanied by her mother and grandmother “Nana."
“We’re very grateful,” Goff said, thanking Cline. Goff expressed to the News-Times that such compassion was remarkable in one so young.
As Cline was helping unload the items and carry them into the building, there was a line outside Grace Wins, those who are homeless waiting for help. “This is Madison,” a man called out. “She’s giving us tents.”
“God bless you, Madison,” another said.
Cline, carrying two of “the big things to keep water off,” beamed.