It’s always nice to read about people helping strangers to overcome obstacles. Particularly during the winter holiday months, various acts of kindness are often reported in the news. A recent article from Buzzfeed explains how a woman who owns a real estate investment company in Pennsylvania paid off all of the outstanding student meals charges in the Frederick County, Maryland public schools system.
According to the Buzzfeed/WBAL article, a woman named Ashley D’Amico contacted the school system and said that she wanted to donate money to cover the cost of the outstanding meal debts. The woman said that she was going through the process of adopting children, and when the adoption process was completed the children were slated to attend schools in the Frederick County system.
The total amount of student meals charges that was owed to the school system was more than $3,400, and Ms. D’Amico donated the entire amount. An official with the Frederick County Public Schools system praised Ms. D’Amico for her kindness and gratitude, as well as her interest in the school system.
More than one-quarter of the public school students in Frederick County qualify for school lunch assistance, either through reduced-price or free meals. A large number of other students there do not qualify for school lunch assistance, but their families are struggling financially.
The generous donation made by Ashley D’Amico was not the first time that people came forward to help cover the costs of lunches for students in the Frederick County Public Schools system. Several months ago, a woman started a GoFundMe account with the purpose of trying to raise $10,000 in emergency funds for student lunches in the same public school system.