Girl Spends Scratch-Off Winnings on Thanksgiving for Families in Need

Phoebe Brown, 7, bought groceries to donate to her school's food drive.

— -- One Missouri girl who stumbled upon a discarded scratch-off selflessly used the $100 winnings to feed less fortunate families on Thanksgiving.

"She was just so happy that she as able to do something like that," mom Audrey Brown of Independence told ABC News. "She wanted to show us that she's learned to give back. It's good to know that we've instilled that in our daughter."

Phoebe Brown, 7, found a discarded scratch-off ticket while grocery shopping with her mom and sister Lexi, 2, on Nov. 9.

"We were walking to the registers and I stepped over it," Brown said. "[Phoebe] said, 'Mom, mom! It's a winner!' I saw it was $100. I was surprised."

Phoebe is a second-grade student at Sycamore Hills Elementary School in Independence.

In light of the Thanksgiving holiday, the school was running a food drive for families in need. Rather than spending the ticket on herself, Phoebe chose to buy groceries with the $100 to add to her school's food donations, Brown said.

"For a mother, it's more than you could possibly imagine," Brown said of her daughter's kind act. "You expect to wait to hear or see that when they grow up. It was a total blessing."

The Sycamore Hills student body collected over 1,700 canned goods and household items.

Brown hopes other kids can learn from Phoebe's good deed.