Alamogordo boy spends allowance on feeding the homeless

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (KRQE) – An 11-year-old boy’s generosity is quickly becoming a big hit on Facebook. Instead of spending his allowance on something like video games or candy, he decided to use it to help the homeless.

Tony Rodriquez works hard for his weekly allowance. He has to clean his room, take out the trash and vacuum the house. Last week he decided he wanted to use his money to help others in Alamogordo.

He was inspired after his dad showed him a video of a man pretending to be homeless to give other people money.

“It’s all about giving, not getting,” said Rodriquez.

Tony and his dad picked up a pizza and brought it to a bench in front of a local grocery store where they knew there were two hungry homeless men.  They gave the men the pizza and some bottled water.

In a cute moment, the boy asked for a piece back for himself.

KRQE News 13 was able to track down Rudy, the man in the video.  “I appreciate that, what he did,” he said.

Tony’s dad posted a video of the kind act on Facebook and got a flood of comments praising him for teaching his son to give to others but he says it was really no big deal.

“It’s very easy, just a few bucks can save someone’s life, you just never know,” he said.

Tony and his father said they hope to continue giving back and want to give some new clothes and shoes next time. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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