KANSAS CITY, Mo. - For some homeless men in Kansas City, their spare change went to help a 4-year-old girl with cancer.
The parents of Payton Adams, 4, have struggled with the medical payments to treat her cancer, a story that the homeless men at City Union Mission heard about thanks to the evening manager at the shelter, Johnny Evans, who doubles as a security officer at Payton's preschool.
The men were able to collect three water jugs full of spare change and donated the third jar to Payton and his parents Friday night.
"It takes a lot, she has to eat a certain way, medical bills, transportation to the emergency room, and it's amazing how these guys who have very little, how the pennies add up," Payton's mom, LeiLani Adams said. "Sometimes we come out of here with $500. Whatever they have, it has really been a blessing."
The other two jugs full of change were delivered to the family in the last two years.
"Payton's parents write a thank you note back to the men and tell us how much was in the bottle," Evans said. "For these men who are often separated or estranged from their families or have no family at all, it brings joy to their hearts to play a part in bringing joy to the life of this little girl."