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Pint-sized philanthropist tackles big problems

Encounter with homeless man set mission in motion
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Posted at 6:10 PM, Nov 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-24 19:31:29-05

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A little girl in Cleveland is trying to tackle big issues in her community.

“It’s better to give back because you never know what they could be going through. I’m showing that I actually care,” said Logan Williams.

At an age when it's sometimes hard to see beyond yourself, Logan, 12, has a firm grasp of the world around her.

“She sees the disparities all around Cleveland,” said Denyelle Rashid, Logan’s mom.

On a cold January night years ago, Logan noticed a homeless man on the street and immediately told her mom she wanted to help.

“I’m in a warm car, he doesn’t have anything, so can we give him the stuff that we have,” said Rashid.

Crossing paths with someone down on their luck was the moment that sparked a philanthropic mission.

“She just didn’t want to stop with that one man — she wanted to do it as much as she could. She has the heart to want to give back,” said Rashid.

Logan started using every child's favorite day to focus on the less fortunate.

“For my 10th birthday, I gave away over 300 blankets and we all gathered them from people just inside the community,” Logan said.

This dedication to doing good is a family affair.

“I didn’t expect the apple to fall too far from the tree,” said Rashid.

Both Logan's mom and grandmother, Yvonne, have a long track record of outreach.

“It wasn’t something that I had to instill in her or tell her hey, this is what we do. We live in the inner city. We don’t have very much, but what we do have we share,” said Rashid.

News 5 caught up Logan and her mom in Cleveland's Hough neighborhood as they stocked a pair of blessing boxes with snacks, pet food and laundry detergent.

Logan also included handwritten notes that feed the soul.

“Coronavirus will not stop me from spreading more love,” she said.

As she continues her mission to make a difference, Logan hopes to inspire her friends and classmates to do the same.

"I really do hope that they join, or they try to start their own organization so that I can help them and we can collaborate. At the end of the day, I was here, and I put all these things in there and I’ve done my job,” Logan said.