September 28, 2016 — A big-hearted third grader is leading the charge for change ... five-cent deposits, to be exact.
Earlier this month, Kensington student Tristan Lane unselfishly decided to donate money he received as a gift to a local charity, the Open Door Mission. But he didn't stop there. Tristan decided to start a bottle drive to get his friends and neighbors involved, too.
"He exceeded his original goal of $50 due to community support and has now increased his goal to $700," says his teacher, Brandie Petrie. "He hopes to bring the donation to the Open Door's soup kitchen by October 1st."
His classmates have joined the effort by making posters to advertise the bottle drive, and several bags of donations had already been redeemed mid-way through the collection.
"When asked why he wanted to do this, he replied with, 'I wanted to help people in need, it just seemed like the right thing to do,'" Ms. Petrie continued.
The Open Door Mission helps low-income people and the homeless by providing hot meals and opening the code blue shelter when the temperature drops below 32 degrees. Open Door's mission is to serve people at their point of need, cultivating personal growth and community sustainability, while providing practical solutions to physical, spiritual, and relational brokenness. More information is available on the group's website: http://opendoor-ny.org