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12-Year-Old Runs A Non-Profit, 'Project I Am' That Supplies Care Packages To Seniors

12-Year-Old Runs A Non-Profit, 'Project I Am' That Supplies Care Packages To Seniors

Jakhil, 12, and Cavanaugh, 7, came together - even though they hail from different cities- to help senior citizens in need.

Image Source: (L): Cool & Dope (R): Project I Am

Despite all the jokes and memes between baby boomers and gen z, the pandemic has united people, ignoring the age differences. Two boys, from different cities, are doing everything they can to help the most vulnerable people in their neighborhood, reports CNN. 12-year-old Jahkil Jackson from Chicago is not unfamiliar with helping people. At just 12, he runs a nonprofit, Project I Am. They assemble and distribute bags containing hygiene products and other necessities that will be of help to homeless men and women in their daily lives. He started this when he was just eight-years-old. 

Source: Project I Am

Now, Jahkil says, "this lockdown is not holding me back." Instead of putting his efforts on hold, he is now focusing on the senior citizens in his hometown. "I don't think it's safe for anybody to go outside right now," Jahkil said. "So, I decided to give them the daily essentials like hand sanitizer, which is very important, wipes, tissue. I feel like those really help them." The boy is making sure to take every precaution given out in the guidelines, especially maintaining social distancing as he drops off these "blessing bags," as he calls them at the doorstep of a local senior home, thus refraining from going inside. 

Source: Project I Am

"I'm not going to do any interaction because that's not really safe," he said. So far, he has handed out more than 300 blessing bags. "I'm doing my part and helping. And I feel like it's everyone's duty to help out where they can," he said. "Everybody in the world, they're scared, they're worried. So, we have to work together to uplift each other." While Jakhil continues to spread cheer with his blessing bag, 7-year-old Cavanaugh Bell from Gaithersburg, Maryland is helping out in ways he can afford to, as well. Cavanaugh and his mom had gone shopping for his 74-year-old grandma when the pandemic hit, to make sure she was all stocked up with essentials. 

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Somehow, Cavanaugh just couldn't stop worrying about his grandmother's friends, wondering if they were getting their essentials and other groceries. "I just wanted to make sure that they were staying home and they were staying safe," said Cavanaugh. He also runs Cool & Dope, which is a nonprofit that focuses on anti-bullying efforts. The little boy, who had $600 in savings, decided to use that money to buy food and groceries for them. "My grandma is my best friend. We all love our senior citizens and they mean more to us than anything else," Cavanaugh said. "I just decided to do something nice for them."

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A fundraiser was set up and Cavanaugh soon had funds to help them out, as he raised more than  $12,000. He went on to open a community pantry so that families in need can pick up care packages. "They sign up on the list, they request a care pack, and then we have the care packs ready to go for them," he said. Recently. Jakhil and Cavanaugh connected and decided to work together to help more people with their mutual cause. Jakhil, for starters, assembled and sent across 50 of his blessing bags, and in return, received packages of food items and other supplies. 

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"I knew that we would be a great team," Cavanaugh said. Jakhil used donations from his pal to make more blessing bags, and reached more senior citizens. Cavanaugh distributed the bags to the people who needed it through his community pantry. "I think it's important for us young kids to work together because kids are very powerful and they can make change, too," said Jahkil, who plans to coordinate efforts with more young do-gooders throughout the country. "Anyone can have an impact no matter their age, no matter if they're older or they're young. Because whatever you believe you can achieve," Cavanaugh said. "With love we can get through this together."

Source: GoFundMe

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