13-year-old boy creates school closet so his classmates will have nice clothes to wear
An eighth-grade-boy with a big heart has inspired social media users this week, after launching a project aimed at ensuring that his peers will never go without clothes.
Chase Neyland-Square, a 13-year-old student at Port Allen Middle School in Port Allen, Louisiana, has launched a school closet for kids, where they can pick up clothes if they lack the money to fund their own wardrobes.
The closet, called 'PAMs pantry', is a large wardrobe filled with clothes, hygiene products, shoes, and other items essential to kids in need. The middle school student assisted members of staff with the assembly of the pantry, which soon thereafter began accepting donations of jackets, shoes, school supplies, and even football cleats from local residents.
Commenting on the inspirational initiative, Principal Jessica Marjoe told Good Morning America: "We really want the kids to feel like they have somewhere to go when they need something. We only have 215 kids so we're able to get to know them really well ... and try to help them where we can."
Chase himself stated: "I have a heart for giving ... My favourite part about helping with the pantry is getting types of clothes and sorting them out to give to various people. It makes me feel good because I know that I can make a difference in my school."
Meanwhile, Chase's proud mother stated: "He seems to have a great passion for people. It makes me proud because we're very blessed and I always encourage him to bless others."
Chase has already embarked on a number of other charitable endeavours, including donating more than 700 pairs of socks to the homeless and hosting dinners for senior citizens.