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12-Year-Old Provides Free Lunch To Thousands Of Homeless People: "Their Smiles Make Me Feel Good"

12-Year-Old Provides Free Lunch To Thousands Of Homeless People: "Their Smiles Make Me Feel Good"

The 12-year-old boy, Liam Hannon, is going to be provided with his own truck soon so he can travel around Boston easily and help more people.

Liam Hannon, at the age of 12, is the founder of an organization called 'Liam's Lunches Of Love' that aims towards feeding the homeless people of Cambridge on a regular basis. The organization has been around for a few years now, last year, Liam managed to hand out over 2000 lunches to the homeless population in his neighborhood. This is the act of kindness that the world needs. These efforts made by Liam initially started off as a way to get out of summer camp. At the age of 10, he gave out around 50 lunches to the homeless people who lived on the streets near his Central Square home.

“In this time when there seems to be so much negativity, maybe you have to turn to a 12-year-old to lead the way,” Cambridge Mayor Marc McGovern told WBZ-TV. “Liam gives me hope for the future of Cambridge, the country and the world.” The lunches are given out in paper bags and on each bag, he makes sure to write a message like “Have a nice day” or “Try to smile” and a motivating little doodle. When Liam started to give out lunches, the bags contained hand-packed with any variation of peanut butter and jelly, ham and cheese, apples, oranges, and potato chips.



 

Now, people from across the country support the 12-year-old boy by raising funds, sending donations, or even sending their own illustrated lunch bags as well. “It’s like a way to give people joy, maybe spark something in them that can change them,” said Liam. There was also a GoFundMe page for the organization that was created by the boy's father Scott. The page was opened last April and has managed to raise $44,000.

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The money is going to be used to buy a new truck in order to make it easier for the boy to travel around Boston and give away free lunches to the homeless population across the city. Liam’s father, Scott Hannon said: “It makes me proud, as a dad, that I’m able to raise him that way, but also that he’s the way he is.” Liam distributes dozens of lunches every week with the help of his father. It took very little time for word to spread regarding the organization Liam and his father had started.



 

"Other people started bringing their kids to go give out lunches with us and wanting to be involved," says Scott. "That side of it's been amazing to see." More than seeing other kids wanting to be involved, the recipients are the ones that really make Liam happy. "My favorite thing is knowing that I am making a difference in my neighborhood and showing people some kindness and seeing people become more joyous at the moment," he says in an interview with Patch. "Their faces light up with smiles and that makes me feel really good."

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Scott also speaks about how he is planning to establish the organization as a 501c3 nonprofit as it has now gained a lot of popularity (thanks to the media) and a lot of community support. Although, Scott does need some help with the paperwork. He says, "I've got to write the bylaws, and I'm a musician!" 'Liam's lunches of Love' has expanded from when it first started and not only in terms of the number of people they serve. The organization, along with lunches, now provides socks, blankets, and other clothing for the homeless.

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Scott says that the biggest challenge of all for the organization is "watching some of our friends that we know are going downhill [health wise]. That's been hard for Liam." He adds, "we talk about things and we're upfront about them. It's something [Liam] knows is a bad thing, but he also knows that there's hope." This is something that is not entirely in their hands. Although he likes to serve as many people as he possibly could, Liam is often upset by seeing the number of people who do not have a house to live in.



 

Liam and his father have gone from making 20 lunches in a week to around 60 a week and have also partnered up with food banks and shelters in the area in order to maximize the resources available. "We'll go around to a lot of the food pantries around here and see if they have stuff that they think is going to go bad by the next time they're open," says Scott. "We'll take, like, apples, and come home and slice them all up and put them in the refrigerator and have them ready to go, and then we'll make like applesauce or something like that."

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"We'll get that food and cook it at night. Sometimes we'll just go out right in front of our house and give it to people out there...and sometimes we'll bring it to the shelters," he adds."We just want to keep growing and to help as many people as we can. But before we do that, we want to help — we probably run into about 100 people that we know that are around our area, and we've said that we want to do more for them first before we get bigger," says Scott. "That way we're really helping in a bigger way."



 

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