YouTube video convinces boy, 9, to carry out heartwarming act

The idea of their kids scrolling through random videos on YouTube is probably enough to give most parents a little anxiety.

But that couldn’t be further from the case for Ethan Simons and his son, Nathan.

The nine-year-old, from Rock Island in Illinois, had just watched a group of YouTubers donate hundreds of thousands of dollars to homeless shelters, leaving him with an idea.

He told his dad he wanted to withdraw his life savings so he could give back – a suggestion Mr Simons admitted he had some initial doubts over.

Nathan Simons and his dad mate a quick stop off at the bank before heading to Walmart to pick out some shoes for the homeless shelter. Images: WQAD 8 News

“There was part of me that almost wanted me to talk him out of him,” Mr Simons wrote online.

“But what kind of lesson am I teaching him if I tell him, ‘No, you shouldn’t be selfless.'”

He ultimately decided to match Nathan’s $150.

Nathan called up some of the local homeless shelters to find out what sort of items they needed before heading to Walmart via the bank.

His dad said he couldn’t be prouder. Image: Facebook/Ethan Simons

Those at Christian Care homeless shelter told Nathan they needed shoes, barbecue sauce and hot sauce – so that’s just what he loaded his trolley with.

“It makes me feel happy and proud of myself. It’s just hard to give it away sometimes, but I’m thinking… about other people,” Nathan said.

Workers at the homeless shelter praised the generous youngster, while his family said they couldn’t be prouder