‘People need this’: 7-year-old Florida boy donates entire piggy bank to Hurricane Ian survivors
FORT MYERS, FLORIDA: A 7-year-old has donated his entire piggy bank to those affected by Hurricane Ian. Dominic D'Andrea, 7, told Fox News that Florida citizens need the money more than he does and donated his entire piggy bank to help those affected by Hurricane Ian. In a TikTok video posted by his mother Jaclyn, the boy can be seen balancing his piggy bank while saying, "I was really saving up for a Corvette or an electric scooter, but people need this."
On the 'Fox & Friends Weekend' on Sunday, Oct 2, D'Andrea and his mother spoke about the circumstances of the donation and other ways their family is contributing to recovery efforts. Jaclyn said, "It all started with a conversation Wednesday morning on the way to drop the kids off at school. Dominic asked a lot of questions: Why I was so upset and what a hurricane was, and I kind of knew where his little mind was going when we got back home.”
Jaclyn also said that she initially decided to record the video of Dominic holding his piggy bank to show her husband since he was at work at the time. "I literally posted that video to social media just as a proud mom, not ever anticipating for it to take off the way that it did," she added. Dominic told Fox News host Pete Hegseth that before making the donation, he had accumulated $200 in his piggy bank, and that now others are contributing to help him. "We're going to buy supplies and donations at the store today," he remarked.
The proud mom added that she plans to pack up a U-Haul to set up a supply station in the county of Fort Myers to help victims further. Viewers can support Dominic's relief effort by donating via Venmo @Jaclyn-DAndrea-17 and on Zelle at 708-370-9491. Meanwhile, after wreaking havoc on Florida's southwest coast, Hurricane Ian went inland, bringing with it massive flooding that forced people to be rescued from their homes, cars, and even nursing homes. As of right now, more than 50 people have died due to Hurricane Ian. Florida has at least 47 deaths confirmed, while four deaths were confirmed in North Carolina and three in Cuba.
A record 12.5 inches of rain fell in Orlando in a single day. Around 50 miles to the northwest of Florida, in New Smyrna Beach, 28.60 inches of rain fell in just 27 hours. Governor Ron DeSantis stated that Central Florida was suffering a ‘500-year flood event’ during a news conference on Thursday morning, September 29. According to poweroutage.us, approximately 2 million people in the state were without power as of Friday afternoon, September 30, including more than 600,000 in Central Florida.