10-year-old boy sells street scraps to save sick father

While most boys at 10 are busy enjoying simply being a kid, this 10-year-old has started up his own business to save his father from leukemia.

Little Mo Shuangyi in Tonggu county, east China’s Jiangxi Province, decided to start selling street scraps after he found out how much it would cost to save his father.

The hefty medical cost of 600,000 yuan (approx. $96,669) is a fee far out of the reach for most poor families.

The knowledge forced Mo to grow up far beyond his years. To get the necessary fees, he started searching the streets for recycled waste, and reselling them.

Mo’s father Mo Wenfeng was diagnosed with leukemia last November, and he is now being treated in a hospital in Beijing.

With Mo’s mother accompanying his father in hospital, little Mo has been at home taking care of his 70-year-old grandmother and 3-year-old brother. In his extra time, he is out again collecting waste.

One day, when he earned one of his highest profits of 36.6 yuan ($5.9), he wrote in his diary, “Although 600,000 yuan is as far as the way to Beijing, I will not give up! Please have faith, too. Dad! ”

When asked how he came up with the idea of selling scraps, Mo told the Beijing Times that it’s the only way he knew to make some money.

After the story of Mo was reported, local people have started to help the boy and his family.

A CCTV post of Mo’s story on Sina Weibo, China’s largest social media platform, has also triggered quite a ripple online, with thousands of people reposting to help him.


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