Pelham boy wants to help the homeless for his birthday

PELHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — William Murphy will turn nine years old on Dec. 2.

This year, he asked his parents for a special gift: “I wanted to help the homeless,” he told CBS 42.

His mother, Jessica Murphy, said she wasn’t surprised by her son’s request; he’s always cared for those less fortunate.

“We used to joke when he was a year old that he was an old soul,” Jessica Murphy said. “He’s always kind of understood things on a greater scale, and he’s always been concerned about issues that most children his age aren’t too concerned about.”

“We’re gonna collect clothes, blankets and sheets for winter,” William said, adding that he’ll also accept “just plain summer and stuff.”

Together, the Murphys decided they’d like to fill a Uhaul truck with donations, which they’ll bring to different charities, like the Jimmie Hale Mission, around Birmingham. William said he’d also like to personally give donated items to homeless people he sees on the street.

Jessica Murphy has been trying to spread the word of her son’s act of kindness through word of mouth and on Facebook. Since she started a few days ago, she’s gotten a small pile of blankets and clothing together.

William is excited for the pile to grow.

“No one should deserve to not have a home,” he said.

Although his birthday is on Dec. 2, the Murphys say they will likely wait a few weeks to donate whatever they collect.

If you’d like to donate to William’s cause, contact Jessica Murphy and

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