HAVERTOWN, Pa. (CBS) — A Havertown fourth grader is trying to make the world a better place with the power of words. Two words, to be exact.
Nine-year-old Anna Maloney never knew her grandfather. The former Lower Merion police detective died in 2005, before she was born.
“What did your father tell you about his father, your grandfather?” asked CBS3 Eyewitness News anchor Ukee Washington.
Anna said, “So my grandfather always told my dad to be nice because he doesn’t like bullying. I don’t think anybody does.”
“Nope,” Ukee said.
Michael Maloney is Anna’s dad.
“I got that from him and I passed it on in my way. And I used to quiz her: ‘Always be what?’ ‘Nice.’ ‘To who?’ ‘Everyone,'” Michael said.
Anna said, “And so one day I was like, ‘Dad, why don’t I just live nice?’ and so that’s how I came up with the idea.”
With the help of her mom, Anna designed t-shirts in different colors emblazoned with the words Live Nice. Her goal: Raise money for anti-bullying efforts. So her parents had a few dozen shirts printed for a yard sale this spring. They sold out. They printed more. Those sold out, too. So they kept selling the shirts, $20 each, at school, at festivals, and at local shops.
“One of her goals is to have somebody wear that shirt in all 50 states,” Michael said.
She has raised around $2500. So far, $400 has gone to an anti-bullying group, another $400 to a girls’ youth program.
Ukee asked Michael about his dad: “How proud is he right now looking down on her? because you know he is.”
“He absolutely is,” Michael said.
Ukee asked Anna, “Live nice: How do you feel inside? What does it mean to you?”
“Be nice in any way you can,” Anna said.