Second-Grader’s Non-Profit Delivers Truck Of Supplies To Poor Community [Video]
- Cavanaugh Bell is only 7 years old but he has already done so much for the community.
- He started his own non-profit organization and delivered a truck full of supplies to the Pine Ridge community.
- Recently, he did another delivery of supplies in anticipation of the winter season.
Cavanaugh Bell may be just a little kid but he’s got a heart that’s bigger than most adults.
The 7-year-old spends his summer working tirelessly instead of going to the beach or relaxing like most of his peers. He delivers COVID-19 supplies in a trailer to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota — a place considered to be one of the poorest in the US.
Through his own nonprofit organization called Cool & Dope — which he founded to fight bullying that he experienced himself — he has recently filled up a 53-foot truck with supplies to be delivered to the foundation thinking ahead of the winter season.
“The weather’s starting to get cold, plus September is Kids’ Suicide Awareness Month, and the Pine Ridge Reservation has the most kids [dying by] suicide,″ Cavanaugh told PEOPLE. ″I’m just trying to do what’s best for them. I’m just trying to make them have a big fat smile on their faces.″
He learned of the reservation during a road trip to Colorado in 2018. hen they passed through something he described as the “middle of nowhere,” he wanted to do something for the people living there!
He’s also aware of the people’s poor living state, health problems, and the rising suicide rates with 150 percent higher teenage suicide rates than the average in the US. About 97 percent live under the poverty line, and about 85 percent have problems with alcoholism, according to the nonprofit Re-Member.
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THERE’S STILL TIME TO HELP!!! Thank you to everyone who has helped pack the trailer (for Round 2) to send to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. We just got a massive shipment to send straight to the Lakota ???? ????????You can still grab something from our Amazon wishlist (just make sure it delivers by 9/21) shop at bit.ly/fillthetrailer ????????Or you can donate winter clothes, shoes, blankets or canned foods!! You can drop them off at the pantry in Gaithersburg anytime between today and Monday! ????????Or you can bless our GoFundMe page at www.gofundme.com/nativelivesmatter2020. We can do this together — I just know it ❤️❤️❤️ #nativelivesmatter #suicidepreventionmonth #suicideawarness #chooselove #makeadifference
This information helped him identify the necessary supplies the reserve needed and then created a video to call for donations through Amazon wishlist, GoFundMe page, and his other sources.
“It’s just a blessing to be helping them,” the second-grader — who is partly a Native American — said. “I’m trying to make sure they have what they need to survive, cause that’s their only land and… they’re [like] my family.”
He made his first delivery on July 10 and last week, he made another one with essential supplies to survive the winter.
His heroic deeds did not go unnoticed, of course. Alice Phelps, a Pine Ridge resident, described to People how grateful they are for all the good things the kid has done for them.
“He believes he can save the world, and I believe him,” she said. “He just carries that, ‘Well, no problem, let’s do it,’ and he doesn’t see anything as a challenge so I love that innocence about him.”
Cavanaugh said age doesn’t matter at all if you want to help. “I just wanna teach people they can have an impact no matter their age — no matter if you’re 8, 10, or even my grandma’s age, 74 — you can do anything!”