Cooper Beeson—Lutherville's youngest philanthropist—more than tripled his goal of raising $600 for Baltimore County's homeless population.
The 8-year-old student presented a check for $1,800 to Baltimore County Communities for the Homeless on Thursday, as donations continue to come in.
During the meeting, held at , it was announced that an extra $100 had been sent directly to the advocacy organization that very morning.
And to think, it all started with a .
The money Cooper raised is now being considered to fund Baltimore Arts and Music Project (AMP).
From the organization's website:
Baltimore Art & Music Project (BaltimoreAMP) is a non-profit organization devoted to societal change through the healing powers of art, culture and music. Through dynamic programming, and the definition of art as an all-inclusive means for individuals to express themselves, the project aims to empower communities with the tools necessary for creating autonomous neighborhoods.
Baltimore Art & Music Project provides opportunities for the community, and for young people in particular, to experience, participate in and create music and art. We believe that music and the arts can be used as a way to strengthen, uplift and renew the spirit and well-being of the individual and the community.
Baltimore County Communities for the Homeless will have to vote on the measure, although it appears likely AMP is where the money is headed.
And as one chapter is Cooper's noble story comes to an end, another begins.
“We just heard about a couple of great events. When we found out that the money that Cooper raised was going to go toward this arts program, Cooper had expressed some interest in seeing it, which I think it’s important to link something that he come up with to something tangible,” Diana Beeson, Cooper's mother said.
“It’s great to hand over a check but for an 8-year-old to see what that check means to other people, I think that’s going to connect the story,” she continued.
Ask when Cooper's 4-year-old brother would begin devoting his time to the less fortunate, Diana said, "we're still working on getting him out of bed in the morning."