Chase Neyland-Square is always on the lookout for ways he can help others.
At just 13 years old, he has already contributed a great deal to his Port Allen, Louisiana, community. He’s hosted dinners for senior citizens and donated hundreds of pairs of socks to the homeless, and now he’s contributing directly to the kids at his school.
Chase noticed many children at Port Allen Middle School have a hard time affording new clothing, especially when events like school dances and graduations come up. So when school officials asked students how they could improve their community, Chase suggested helping families get clothes.
The school agreed, and PAM’s Pantry was born. The concept is simple: First, people donate clothing, shoes, sports equipment, hygiene products, and other helpful personal items. Then Chase helps organize the donations so principal Jessica Major and her secretary can discretely distribute the items to those in need.
Jessica says the initiative is helping the school meet more kids’ needs than ever before, especially since they’re located in a low-income area of Louisiana. “We really want the kids to feel like they have somewhere to go when they need something,” the principal said. “We only have 215 kids, so we’re able to get to know them really well … and try to help them where we can.”
Amanda Square, Chase’s mother, said she’s not the least bit surprised that her son decided to come alongside his peers. “He seems to have a great passion for people,” she said. “It makes me proud because we’re very blessed, and I always encourage him to bless others.”
The program is just another example of how Chase finds creative ways to support those around him. “I have a heart for giving,” he said. And what a beautiful heart it is!
If more people thought like Chase does, the world would be a kinder place! Simply looking for ways to be the change we want to see in the world can have life-changing effects not just on us, but also on those around us.
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