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Local charity donates all proceeds from two days of work, teaching real life lesson to 7-year-old

Posted at 6:03 PM, Nov 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-13 18:03:59-05

7 year old Justin Dinh's dream was to tour a news station. He got that chance Monday.

"Welcome to ABC Action News," said Joe Papadopoulos, a broadcast technician at the station.

The second grader learned first hand a real life lesson of giving back. Our Lissette Campos invited his mom Lan Doan and his uncle Ken Vu to kick off a big week at Action News.

"We are shining the spotlight on local residents with very big hearts taking action to help others," said Campos during her Positively Tampa Bay segment.

The brother-sister team is the perfect example of highlighting good in society.

For two days they devoted all money earned at their business, Fancy Nails on Kennedy Boulevard, to help Hurricane Victims.

Doan got emotional on why she wanted to do this  

"I just want to thank to all my clients who have been with me for so many years," said Doan.

Then live and to the surprise of the recipients, Doan presented two checks.

The Red Cross received $2,500 for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

"That's wonderful," said Rob Resler with the Red Cross.

And the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay received $4,000! All that money will stay local.

"That is an amazing gift," said Matt Spence with the foundation.  

Both men also said while they've seen many acts of generosity, this is a first.

"This is huge. I have been doing fundraisers for more than 25 years," said Resler. "I have never heard of a business designating all of their revenue for one day much less two days for this kind of an effort."

"It's unprecedented I have never heard of it," agreed Spence. "This will go a long way and will support a lot of food pantries that emptied their shelves after Hurricane Irma."

As for Justin, it paves his path as a grown up

"I would do the same thing. I was so proud of them because they were helping people who were in danger and who were hit by the hurricane," he said, leaving a community with a message money can't buy.