Marion 10-Year-Old Selflessly Raises $900 to Feed the Hungry
The holidays have arrived and with Christmas just days away, stress is at an all-time high.
While many SouthCoast residents are driving around frantically to purchase last-minute gifts, 10-year-old Davin Alves of Marion is busy giving back to those in need and struggling with hunger.
"I'm proud beyond words," Davin's mom Kathylee Alves told Fun 107. "Davin came to us a few days ago and said that he wanted to donate some food to people that won’t have any for the holidays. So, we thought it would be nice if he had a raffle for prizes that could be won."
Prizes, donated by "Davin's elves," were two arcade-style video game systems with eight games each, a 750-ml bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue Label scotch whiskey and a $100 Target gift card.
The raffle raked in $900 -- and so the Alves family then got to shopping, filled six cars with canned goods and made their way over to United Way of Greater New Bedford's Hunger Commission truck to drop off the food.
"I know that Christmas is a time to have happiness and family, and just not having enough food is very disappointing," Davin said. "I just want to make people very happy by having food."
Davin's mom and dad helped him out, of course, because, as he put it, he's "a bit too young to do this all by himself." When asked how it felt to raise the $900 to give it back, he simply replied with a smile, "It feels so amazing."
This is what the holiday season is all about: family, friends and the community coming together to help one another. There doesn't have to be a reason why -- just a simple desire to spread kindness and maybe restore some faith in humanity.
It's clear as day that Davin leads by example and the world as we know it could use a lot more people like him.
Well done, Davin, and Merry Christmas, little buddy.