A 4-year-old boy in Birmingham, Alabama is saving the world one person at a time by handing out food and money to the local homeless community.
Heâs pitched in to build a new homeless shelter, donating $5,000, Birmingham mayorÂ Randall Woodfin posted on Facebook:
Austin Perine wears a red satin superhero cape that helps him work faster becauseÂ âit blows in the wind,â the boy told CNN. He goes by the superhero name âPresident Austinâ because he wants to become president of the United States.
When he visits with people on the streets, CNN reports, Austin Perine always wears his all-blueÂ âwork outfit,â complete with a T-shirt proudly displaying the hashtag #ShowLove in bold red letters.
Terance Perine, Austinâs father, told CBS NewsÂ that his son was inspired to help the homeless after watching a show on Animal Planet where a panda left her cub alone.
When Austin asked what would happen to the baby panda, his dad told CBS News it appeared it would beÂ âhomeless for a while.â Austin asked him if people can be homeless too and wanted to meet a person living on the streets.
Terance Perine said that they went and bought food to hand out to some homeless people and it sparked something special in the boy. According toÂ CNN, Austin Perine now spends his weekly allowance on food to give out to people on the street, toÂ âshow loveâ to the homeless.
Washington Redskins running backÂ Samaje Perine is Austinâs cousin, according to the Washington Redskins website.
After Austin Perineâs story was featured onÂ CBS News, Burger King stepped in to help, giving him $1,000 a month to spend on chicken sandwiches to hand out.
Churchâs Chicken also stepped up to donate to PerineâsÂ â#ShowLoveâ campaign.
Birminghamâs new homeless shelter is expected to open in late 2018.