Kids all over the Ohio Valley have been doing fantastic things to serve others in their communities.
7News introduced you to a Marshall County boy who recognizes a need to feed people who may be less fortunate than he is. Two years later he’s got the support of his community and runs a food pantry.
It’s a project Noah Grigsby and his family started after an eye opening conversation at dinner two years ago, when Noah, like many other children refused to eat the dinner his parents made for him.
It was a conversation that has changed Noah’s whole outlook on what it means to be a kid, “I said; ‘Some of your friends don’t have dinner, and maybe you should eat and think of how lucky you are to have the food available to you'” Said Sarah Grigsby, Noah’s Mom.
So from there, Noah got to thinking; he came up with the idea of taking his Halloween candy he would get from trick or trick that year and donate it to people who might not have food, but then he thought a little harder and came up with another plan, “I’m going to ask my neighbors give me real food,” Noah told his mom.
So that’s what they did. They went on Facebook and asked their neighbors to give Noah a canned good when he came to their homes for Trick-or-Treat and he’d haul them around in his wagon, but the response they got was more than they had anticipated, “People came to our porch, there were thousands of cans left at our house,” said Sarah Grigsby.
Now, during the Halloween season they have a routine to collect food for the upcoming holidays, “We, like, put these bags out and then they put can in it and then we go around and then we pick them up,” said Noah Grigsby.
Noah realized that he might be a little more fortunate than some of his friends, “Because people didn’t have money to buy food.”
Center McMechen Elementary School has been a big help in it all. With the large amount of food they’ve received, Noah’s Principal, Arica Holt offered the Grigsby’s some space at the school that they could use as a food pantry.
Anyone is welcome at anytime to stop by and get food, as long as someone is there, “Sometimes like today,” Noah said. Even before we met with Noah and his family, they packed up a box of food for a family who stopped by and needed a little help.
The school will also contact Noah’s family, if they see another student might be in need and they’re willing to help.
Right now; Noah is busy getting ready to fill food baskets to provide to folks for the Thanksgiving holiday. ‘Noah’s Help for the Hungry’ is now a certified non-profit and if you would like to help out,
you can go to the Facebook.com/Noahshelpforthehungry or you can make a monetary donation to the Marshall County Federal Credit Union.