ST. JOSEPH, Minn. (WCCO) — He may just be 10 years old, but he’s already doing big things to help others.
Dominic Ballou, a fourth grader in St. Joseph, Minn., says his friends don’t have a safe place to play in their housing community.
The metal on the small playground is rusted and it’s falling apart.
“Since they’re metal, a lot of people get hurt on them,” he said.
Dominic lives in a low-income neighborhood where families, like his, don’t have a lot.
“A lot of them don’t have cars, a lot of them have been through medical stuff and I just want them to have a new playground, because they’re probably not going to get out of low income housing,” he said.
So he set out on a mission to get a new playground. He’s found the kind he wants.
“I like it because…kids can do gymnastics,” he said, “and it has some swings.”
Dominic is raising money the old fashion way — going door to door asking businesses for donations.
“I’m collecting money,” he tells people, “for a low-income housing development for a new playground.”
The pitch is working. One after another, the checks are raining in.
“We are at $1,200,” Dominic said. “Our goal is $2,000.”
Where does Dominic’s good will come from? His mom, most likely.
Amber Wiese raised Dominic as a struggling, single parent. She just graduated from college this Mother’s Day.
“[Dominic] is standing up for people who have experienced significant barriers in their lives,” she said.
Dominic wants to raise enough money to buy a Rainbow Play System. The company says it’ll match whatever he raises.
After the playground, Dominic has plans to raise money for bus shelter for kids and a community garden.