By DERRIKIA YOUNG, NBC 15 News
PRICHARD, Ala. (WPMI) - A little man is making a big difference. A video has gone viral after a 4-year-old from Prichard chose to spend every dollar he earns to feed the homeless. The video has more than 26,000 shares on Facebook.
Little Austin Perine said when he's not wrestling, he's giving back, not only in Prichard but everywhere he travels.
"I want to be a president of the United States of America," said Austin.
In the meantime, the 4-year-old said he likes to do more in his free time to get him there, other than play and eat candy.
"Because I wanted to show love for the homeless," he said.
Little Austin says his motto is "show love." The now-viral video his father made shows him showing love by feeding the homeless.
"It makes me feel great," said Austin.
Austin's father Terance Perine tells NBC 15 News this idea sparked after watching Animal Planet on TV. Austin asked his father why a mother panda had left her cubs alone.
"And I said, 'Well, I guess it's going to be homeless for a while,' and he said, 'Are people homeless?' and I said, 'Yeah, some of them.' And he asked me to take him to see a homeless person," said Perine.
They did just that. Father and son bought food for the homeless in Prichard. That experience launched a passion project for the 4-year-old who now helps the hungry wherever he goes, in Birmingham, Washington, D.C. -- even in the middle of an interview with NBC 15 News.
Austin said with excitement, "I got an idea. We should go feed the homeless right now."
So, that's exactly what happened. Austin took NBC 15 News with him as he went out the door to demonstrate what it's like when he's out giving back.
"I would say to feed everybody else that's homeless," said Austin.
"I just want Austin’s experience to be contagious to everyone else. Even though people are different, they still deserve to be loved," said Perine.
A homeless man said to Austin, "God bless you."
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