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Bullied 7-Year-Old Starts Food Pantry To Spread Love And Positivity

Seven-year-old Cavanaugh Bell was bullied in school and decided to channel that energy into spreading positivity so he started giving back to his community. He created the charity with his own money and began handing out packages filled with toiletries and food for the elderly in his neighborhood until his enterprise grew into a full-blown food pantry.

On his GoFundMe page, he said, “After I was bullied and I felt a darkness inside of me, I knew I didn’t want other kids to feel the same way I felt. So, I asked my mom if she could help me spread love and positivity. And, the more I gave back to my community, the more I wanted to keep doing it.”

He tried to figure out the first place he wanted to expand to help the most people he could and he remembered South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Bell told the Washington Post, “My mom explained to me that people live on the reservation, and some didn’t have what they needed to survive. Some of the houses didn’t have electricity or running water.”

So he set out to help people on the reservation and with the kindness of strangers purchasing items on his Amazon Wish List page and providing donations in person and on his GoFundMe page — he was able to fill a 53-foot semi-truck — twice.

In hopes of working together, Bell’s mom Llacey Simmons spoke with Alice Phelps, the director of the nonprofit organization called First Families Now, who has a mission to help families on reservations. They spoke about her son’s plans and Phelps was inspired.

She told People, “He believes he can save the world, and I believe him. He just carries that, ‘Well, no problem, let’s do it,’ and he doesn’t see anything as a challenge, so I love that innocence about him.”

Back in July, his first shipment included nonperishable food along with cleaning supplies and clothes. He then returned in September with a shipment in preparation for the colder months.

Bell, who is part Native American, said, “It’s just a blessing to be helping them. I’m trying to make sure they have what they need to survive, cause that’s their only land and… they’re [like] my family.”

Moises Mendez II

Written by Moises Mendez II