Remember when you were 7-years-old? For most of us, the most important things in our lives were playing with friends, our favorite TV shows and what time dinner would be on the table. But one 7-year-old decided to pitch in to help people in his community fight the spread of the coronavirus.
First-grader Cavanaugh Bell of Gaithersburg, Maryland, has spent the past two years working to help others. He’s raised money to help residents of Flint, Michigan, have access to safe drinking water. Bell opened a community pantry to help feed the needy in his area. Plus, he started his own nonprofit organization to help raise awareness of the effects of youth bullying.
To help raise money for all these causes, Bell has put out the call for donations during holidays and his birthdays. People from all over sent money in to support his efforts. He’s raised thousands of dollars to help others in need.
When the coronavirus began to appear in the U.S., Bell knew he wanted to do something to help. He decided to go with his parents to Italian restaurant Buca Di Beppo to buy care packages for senior citizens in his town and help a local eatery at the same time.
Bell and his family posted a video on Instagram of the 7-year-old delivering the packages to elderly neighbors who are self-quarantining in their homes to avoid getting sick.
Then, Bell and his family went to Target for staples to create even more care packages for senior citizens to use at home. These “corona care packages” included paper goods, canned goods, cleaning products and other things the residents at Hillsdale Senior Apartment Homes might need.
The young man posted another Instagram video thanking people who donated and showing everyone how even small donations add up to help in a big way.
“My grandma is my best friend, and she walks to the grocery store every day,” Bell told Fox 5. “So I thought, she shouldn’t be walking to the grocery store, because it’s coronavirus season.” He decided to bring food to everyone at her home for seniors, he said.
He started his nonprofit, Cool & Dope, because “When I was five years old, I got tired of people telling me that I was too young to volunteer,” according to the site’s About section.
If you are interested in helping Bell, you can visit Cool & Dope to find out more about his charitable works and donate to his projects.
Wow! Bell is such an impressive young man. And every little gesture is appreciated right now. From people filling Little Free Libraries with food to community sing-a-longs from our windows, there’s so much evidence that people want to help each other in any way they can.