LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Burglars made off with $1,400 intended to be donated to the less fortunate from The Tova Coffeehouse last Sunday night.
Tova Coffeehouse is a nonprofit business with the mission to end poverty in Lubbock. Aaron Dawson, president of Tova, says the public support has been overwhelming. They were able to make up for lost funds and even end up with a little extra, but one donation particularly touched his heart.
The touching donation came in the form of some loose change in a Ziplock bag with a note saying: “This is a tiny donation for Tova. The Speed Kids collected what we could find around the house. We know it is small, but we hope God can use it for something bigger. Heart the Speed Kids.”
Gracie, Anna, David and Caleb Speed, along with their four other siblings, pitched in to help Tova Coffeehouse after their parents told them about the break in. The kids said they found the change around their house, in their bedrooms, and in their piggy banks.
Their dad, Abe Speed, says he remembers his kids’ initial reaction to the news. “They were a little shocked trying to figure it out because that’s not something they think about.”
He says that initial shock factor didn’t last long, Speed says his older kids took it upon themselves to help this nonprofit.
“They decided among themselves that they should try and do something so when I got home from work, I didn’t even think about it right away when I saw a ziplock bag on the counter with a little bit of change in it. My wife and I had a conversation that the kids put that together.”
Speed says he and his wife teach all eight of their kids how important it is to pay it forward even if you don’t have that much money to your name. “For us, we look at it as a small amount, but they’re in the mindset that, hey, this is basically all I got and every little bit helps.”