A local boy is helping people in need this Christmas, and will earn a Scouts’ badge in the process.
Jaymz, 10 and his mother Lisa Daniel are longtime residents of Winfield. They decided to collect donations for All Our Family Outreach because the pair has been volunteering there for a few years. Lisa said the non-profit also gave her a boost when her husband died, and they’ve been paying it forward.
The Peter Greer Elementary student is collecting the donations in order to earn his Community 10 badge. To get a community badge, there’s a list of tasks that need to be completed.
“It’s mostly me and my mom. My mom helps me wrap the boxes and make the signs,” Jaymz said.
The scout have also volunteered at the Lake Country Food Bank at seniors’ homes in the district.
“We thought if we could fill a couple small boxes, it could help a few families in need or anybody,” Lisa said, adding they’ve received support from posting in different groups on Facebook.
“It’s just skyrocketed from there,” she said. “Some other teachers are going to pitch in from the school and it’s just taken off.”
The food drive will continue until the school’s winter break, Dec. 21. So far, $60 has been donated which is going towards Christmas meals.
Christmas themed gifts are also needed, Lisa said.
Last year, Jaymz donated his older video games to give as Christmas presents for those in need.
“We know quite a few people in the community and we used to volunteer more. I encourage Jaymz to do good deeds and I encourage him to do more,” she said. “I try to encourage him to do that so he can see there are people in the community who may not seem like they need help, but they do.”
“Not everyone has the ability to go out and buy a new video game or toy… It’s so expensive here to try and (find a place to live) so giving back is huge, especially with my family.”
Donations can be dropped off at Peter Greer Elementary or at All Are Family Outreach, located at 11370 Bottom Wood Lake Rd. from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.