By Riley Manning
TUPELO – Philanthropic 7-year-old Kennon Quinn is at it again.
The Saltillo second-grader held a charity golf tournament Thursday morning to help reach his goal of $10,000, which he plans to donate to the Salvation Army.
“It’s fun,” Kennon said. “I want to do a cookbook next.”
Kennon’s desire to donate started back in January, when he began baking cookies to sell to his classmates and teachers. His modest $200 goal was quickly surpassed, and his mother, Amanda Quinn, said he just kept going.
“He’s done yard sales and rang the Salvation Army bell at the flea market,” she said. “When he got on the radio and said he wanted to raise $10,000, I think his dad almost had a heart attack.”
Between donors who sponsored each hole of the course and entry fees from each golfer, and a silent auction featuring signed Mississippi State and Ole Miss memorabilia, Kennon banked over $1,000. Accompanied with the $4,300 already amounted, he said his $10,000 benchmark seems more attainable.
Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson participated in the tournament, and said he has been following Kennon’s good deeds from early on.
“With the Salvation Army being located in Tupelo, it answers the needs of local people. It’s a Christian-based organization, and it isn’t a handout,” he said. “That [Kennon] would choose to donate to them speaks highly of his character, and it’s important that, as adults, we recognize when kids do good things.”
Senior officer at the Salvation Army in North Mississippi, Major Susan Dorman, said Kennon’s contributions are significantly boosting their budget.
“The holidays are a big time for us. Our Thanksgiving meal costs between $5,000 and $6,000 each year,” she said. “But I hope he reaches his goal for his own sake. It’s great seeing his mind look at the bigger picture. And to think this all started out with a batch of cookies.”
Kennon said he was aiming to release his cookbook in November, and is also collecting donations through his website, kidscarecampaign.com. Donations through the website go toward other needs in the community, like providing free school supplies for struggling families.