It wasn’t much. A handful of change at best. The boy, Jack Swanson, went over to the mosque himself to hand over his money, a few dollars and cents that he had collected, penny by penny, over perhaps a period of years. He may have known it wasn’t much; to Jack it didn’t matter.
“Jack’s $20 are worth $20 million to us because it’s the thought that counts,” declared one of the mosque’s board members when interviewed by ABC News that day. “Jack is just a little older than my son, Ibrahim. If we have more kind-hearted kids like them in the world, I have hope for our future.”
Jack’s gesture is like that proverbial pebble thrown into the pond. It wasn’t much. But it was everything.