Small Packet, Big Heart: 5-Year-Old Meghalaya Boy Who Donated His Piggy Bank for Covid-19 Relief is Our Hero


Small Packet, Big Heart: 5-Year-Old Meghalaya Boy Who Donated His Piggy Bank for Covid-19 Relief is Our Hero

Illustration: Aishwarya Nayak

As health personnel and other essential service workers continue to selflessly brave through the corona crisis in the country, a selfless little soul has made a contribution that has won everyone’s heart.

On Tuesday, a five-year-old L Mayan Nongbri from Shillong handed over his piggy bank to Meghalaya’s Chief Minister at his office. His savings containing coins that amounted to Rs 1,501 was accepted by Conrad K. Sangma as a contribution toward the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund to help the state in its combat against Covid-19.

“A small boy with a big heart!” Sangma expressed his gratitude towards little Mayan in a tweet.

The kindergarten student, who is also a soccer enthusiast and a cyclist, isn’t new to donations. Last August too, he had handed over all of his piggy bank savings in a contribution towards the CM’s Flood Relief Fund.

“I donated my piggy bank savings to Conrad Sangma and received this,” Mayan told the publication EastMojo as he pointed toward his receipt. The donation also had contributions from two other women who were inspired by Mayan’s thoughtfulness.

“He was inspired to donate his piggy bank after he saw a picture of little boys toiling with their parents in a stone quarry,” Mayan’s father told Telegraph India. Mayan has developed a habit of flipping through the newspapers and that’s how he noticed the picture of the kids and questioned his parents about it. On being explained about the cause of Covid-19, its many repercussions, and how the consequences have worst affected the poor, Mayan felt “inspired to donate his savings” to the cause. Mayan’s father also lauded his wife as a figure who is constantly encouraging their child to share whatever he has – be it toys, sweets, and even food.

Netizens can’t stop fawning over little Mayan’s sweet gesture, praising the “future generation of India”.

Sangam’s Facebook appreciation post for Mayan has amassed the five-year-old a lot of love.


Understanding the world’s pressing problems is no child’s play but unadulterated compassion towards those who suffer often blooms within a child.