When it came to helping others, he didn’t need to mullet over.
An Arkansas sixth-grader melted hearts after winning a national mullet competition — yes, that’s a real thing — and then donating the proceeds to charity.
“Mom told me that a lot of people said ‘Please, let your son do this,’” 11-year-old Allan Baltz told AY Magazine of his decision to enter the 2021 Kids Division of the annual USA Mullet Championships. The long-locked Jonesboro boy initially refused but changed his mind upon learning there was a cash prize that he could give to a good cause.
Baltz put his money where his mullet was: After snagging the title by almost 900 votes, the golden-maned youngster contributed his $2,500 in winnings to foster care services, which he relied on as a young child, reported Arkansas station KAIT 8.
“I used to be in foster care, and I know how their hearts feel about not having a family, not having what they need like food and someone they can love,” he said.
Baltz’s mother, Lesli Baltz — who adopted him when he was 4 years old — is over the moon about his charitable mindset.
“The boy we adopted through foster care instantly wanting to give back … no thought of what he could get for himself by winning,” the proud parent told WAVE 3 News. She also recently shared a moving Facebook video of her son reacting to news of his win.
Life hasn’t been easy for Baltz. Along with being a foster kid, he also suffers from a rare genetic syndrome called X-Linked Opitz G or BBB Syndrome, which “affected development of the midline of his entire body in utero,” according to Lesli. “He has all of the associated symptoms with abnormalities in his brain, heart, larynx.”
“He’s had three surgeries and countless hours of therapy to improve his speech and motor skills,” she added.
In order to help Baltz’s charitable campaign, some kind-hearted Samaritans also have donated to the same organizations with contributions, including his prize money, totaling $5,500 as of Thursday, according to another social media post by Lesli.
“I’m still struggling to come up with the words to express how grateful we are for each of you and the way our community rallied together to support Allan,” the proud mom wrote on Facebook.
“For now I’m just gonna sit in awe of the power of an 11 year old with a hilarious mullet and phenomenal heart,” she added.