Over the summer, a local 11-year-old named Eddie organized his own canned food drive to benefit Catholic Charities of Boston. He is involved in a local after-school and summer program, and this summer his teachers assigned a project—a community investment program—to give students the opportunity to develop and execute a community service project of their choosing. Eddie was encouraged to look into the community, identify a problem and create a plan to do his part in making a positive change.
After learning about food insecurity in the area being exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis, Eddie knew that he wanted to organize a canned food drive to help give back to his community. He selected Catholic Charities of Boston to receive the donations from this drive and got to work.
Eddie spent about one month planning and organizing how he would execute this can drive, making posters, and coordinating with three local grocery stores to host donation bins.
In just a couple of weeks’ time, he collected hundreds of dollars worth of food and monetary donations. Last month, he visited our Yawkey Center food pantry to deliver his donations, got to help the team stock the shelves, and met our CEO, Kevin MacKenzie, who wanted to personally thank Eddie for his hard work and generosity in helping us support the community.
We are so inspired by Eddie’s dedication, especially at such a young age, and are enormously grateful for all of those who donated to his efforts.