Wyatt Erber – The Biggest of Hearts in a Very Small Package!


Wyatt Erber is only 8 years old, but when it comes to compassion and kind-heartedness, he has got it in the bag! This past summer, Wyatt participated in a scavenger hunt and won a big prize – $1,000! But the real treasure came shortly after Wyatt’s victory….

Wyatt’s neighbor, Cara, is a 2-year-old girl who has been recently diagnosed with leukemia. She has started on chemotherapy treatments in hopes of getting better. So when Wyatt won his grand prize, his thoughts went immediately to his neighbor and friend. “How much chemotherapy will $1,000 buy?” he asked as he shocked everyone by donating his winnings to Cara and her family. Through his incredible act, Wyatt has shown the world that selflessness and compassion can come in all shapes and sizes, even in the form of a sweet and humble 8-year-old boy.

Additional Resources:

  • Here is an article that tells the wonderful story of Wyatt and his compassion toward Cara.
  • Here is another article that tells all about Wyatt’s tremendous generosity!

Topics for Discussion:

  • Why do you think Wyatt wanted to use his winnings to help Cara?
  • Do you think you’d be able to give up $1,000 to help someone else?

Take Action:

  • Wyatt saw a friend in need, and he found a way to help her. What can you do today to help a friend in need?
  • Visit the Edwardsville Neighbors in Need website to learn about Cara’s benefit fund and how you can support it!

Teacher Features:

  • Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for elementary school students.
  • Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for middle school students.


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