6-year-old sells toys, takes out trash to raise $100 for homeless

Krista S. Kano
Akron Beacon Journal
Dylan Avery, 6, of Munroe Falls, shows the proclamation from Munroe Falls honoring him for his efforts to help the homeless.

Jan. 29 was Dylan Avery Day in Munroe Falls in honor of the local 6-year-old who donated $100 to the city's winter supply drive for the area's homeless population.

"I got it for donating all the money I ever had," Dylan said.

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Dylan, a kindergartner at Le Chaperon Rouge in Hudson, learned about homeless people while driving with his grandmother, Lisa Pekarski. 

"I think it struck a chord in him when he saw people ask for money," she said. "He said he wanted to see those people have a home."

Dylan and his mother, Britney Pekarski, adopt a family for Christmas each year, but this year, Dylan decided he wanted to do something on his own. 

He started collecting his money and found ways to earn extra cash. He cleaned up after his grandmother's dog, cleaned his bedroom and toy room, saved money from the tooth fairy and even sold some of his old toys. 

Dylan Avery, 6, of Munroe Falls, high-fives chef Jim Pfaff at his school, Le Chaperon Rouge, in Hudson.

For his final dollar, he took out the trash for his school chef, Jim Pfaff. 

"That's my man," Pfaff said. "He always helps me out whenever I ask him. He's pretty awesome."

"He was so excited about this," Dylan's teacher, Pepper Slusser, said. "He wasn't bragging, but the day he was going to donate he was telling us all the ways he earned money and that Grandma was going to pick him up early. He was very proud." 

Dylan brought a giant bag of loose dollars and coins to his grandmother, who then turned it into a check. His grandmother also matched his donation in the form of sleeping bags, hats, gloves and long johns, all of which they brought to Munroe Falls City Hall. 

The city then donated everything to the Peter Maurin Center in Akron as part of the multi-community supply drive involving Munroe Falls, Stow, Cuyahoga Falls and Silver Lake.

Dylan Avery, 6, of Munroe Falls, hugs his mom, Britney Pekarski, at his school, Le Chaperon Rouge in Hudson.

For all Dylan's work, Mayor James Armstrong invited Dylan and his family to City Hall, where he gave Dylan a proclamation and declared Jan. 29 as "Dylan Avery Day." Dylan is the youngest person given that honor by Armstrong. 

Dylan is working on his new goal of $200 for next year, and said he already has about $25.

With a few more wiggly teeth, Dylan expects to add to his pot very soon. 

Reporter Krista S. Kano can be reached at 330-541-9416, kkano@thebeaconjournal.com or on Twitter @KristaKanoABJ.