On a day that 12-year-old Lucas Bain and his mom, Elaine, spent time outside a Sun Fresh grocery story volunteering for Harvesters, the sixth-grader didnt hesitate to work the crowd.
By LAURA BAUER
The Kansas City Star
Hed walk up to people to ask for a donation. Tell people he was there helping the areas food bank and hungry people, especially children. Nothing deterred him.
Not even a man who walked up and offered him a $20 donation if he could tell the man what Harvesters was about and what it meant to him.
Oh, he spilled it all out, said Elaine Bain, explaining how her son offered facts and figures hed learned at Harvesters after six years of volunteering for the organization. He knew how much money it took to feed 10 families. He had the whole spiel down.
In the end, the man handed Lucas the $20, saying, Honestly, that was worth more than 20.
When Lucas was 6, his mom took him to volunteer with her. Elaine has tried to teach all four of her sons the value of giving back. Theyve volunteered for various groups.
With Lucas, her youngest, helping at Harvesters struck a chord. Especially after he watched a video about how thousands of area kids dont always have enough food.
He has helped pack BackSnack packs, worked Harvesters campaigns, helped make boxes for food, even sorted rice.
We do this because there are kids out there, younger than me, that may not have food for like two days, said the sixth-grader from Lawson, about 40 miles from Kansas City. I didnt know that very many people didnt have a lot of jobs. I want to help people like Ive helped a few times. I want to, like they say, meet the need.
Volunteering for the food bank, and helping feed kids, has become mom-and-son time. Lucas likes the different opportunities. Especially recently, when he and his mom helped sort frozen foods at Harvesters.
I got to see a freezer that can fit 50 woolly mammoths in there, he said.
The two go at least once a month, sometimes more. He now wants to take some of his friends along.
If I miss any time at all, Elaine said, hes like, Mom, we havent been to Harvesters lately. He keeps me on it.
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