12-year-old saves grandma's home from foreclosure
Janice Sparhawk can't say enough about her 12-year-old grandson, Noah. She calls him the light of her life.
"I love that little guy," she said.
But, this isn't a story about a doting grandmother.
This story is actually about her doting grandson. The pre-teen raised more than $10,000 to save her home from foreclosure. CBS News correspondent Steve Hartman traveled to of Steven's Point, Wisc. to hear the story first hand.
Even though Noah is Sparhawk's only biological grandson, she has many other people in her town that she considers her family. As a foster parent, she's taken care of about a hundred kids over the years. Many of the kids were in emergency situations, dropped on her doorstep in the middle of the night.
But, Sparhawk found herself in an emergency situation herself. Last year, her house went into foreclosure. She was told to be out by Feb. 15. Though she had given much to the community, it didn't mean much to the bank.
Noah found out about the situation from eavesdropping on a conversation between Sparhawk and her daughter. Deciding he wanted to help his grandmother out, he posted a message on a site called Noah's Dream Catcher Network asking for the $10,000 needed to catch up on her payments.
"I want to give her her home back for Valentine's Day!! I need to rasie $10,000 by the end of Jan to help her. It seems like sooo much money but if I have 400 friends who can spare $25.00 I can give her this gift!! Only 200 friends if they give $50.00," he pleaded on the website.
"She helps a lot of people, like foster children, and it would be more than me that just suffered," Noah said.
This week, Noah showed up at his grandma's bank with a boatload of checks. Signing them all wasn't any fun, but by the time he was through, he had not only given his grandmother back her home but something else even bigger.
"It restored my faith in family, friends, and community," Sparhawk said. "So many of these checks I don't recognize the names on."
Previously, Noah had helped raise money for a girl whose mother had terminal cancer so the two could go to Disney World together. The mother passed away before they could go, but Noah was able to raise the money so she could go with her father.
"I learned there's a lot more good people in the world than I expected," Noah said. "Normally when people think of the U.S. they think of a lot of greed -- but really that's not what it is, obviously."
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