4-year-old asks simple question about panda cubs, what it leads to—beyond what father imagined

"I can make a difference."
April 16, 2018 5:04 pm Last Updated: April 16, 2018 8:03 pm

When most little kids receive an allowance they tend to spend it on themselves—but 4-year-old Austin Perine surprised his father, Terance, when he told him what he wanted to use his money to buy.

Even more surprising was this didn’t end up being a one time thing.

Austin Perine is 4 years old and wants to become the president of the United States.

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It all began one day when Austin and his father were watching a program on Animal Planet. On the program a panda left her cubs behind and the 4-year-old couldn’t help but wonder why.

“I told him they would be homeless for a while, and then he asked if people were ever homeless,” Terance told FOX 5.

It was that moment that piqued the little boy’s interest in homeless people.

After watching a show on Animal Planet, he wanted to learn more about homeless people.

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Terance noticed Austin constantly questioning whether anyone walking down the street was without a home, so he decided to take his son to a homeless shelter.

The two drove from their home in Hoover, Alabama to Birmingham and visited a shelter.

The father and son duo visited a homeless shelter, and the trip left Austin feeling inspired.

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Terance shared with FOX 5 that Austin “felt great” after the visit to the homeless shelter and was eager to go back.

Since their first visit, Austin has continued to help the homeless by bringing them food and drinks and even handing them the occasional dollar or two using money he receives as an allowance.

Austin’s father recorded the 4-year-old distributing food to the homeless, and people praised the little boy’s actions.

No matter where Austin travels or what he does he tries to live by his motto: “show love.”

While being interviewed by NBC 15 News, the 4-year-old interrupted the interview.

“I got an idea. We should go feed the homeless right now,” Austin told Derrikia Young of NBC 15 News.

Terance hopes that his son’s actions inspire others to give back.

“I just want Austin’s experience to be contagious to everyone else. Even though people are different, they still deserve to be loved,” Terance said.