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This Whiz Kid Turned His Shed into a Food Bank, Now He’s Playing Santa with a ‘Gift Bank’



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  • 11-year-old Isaac Winfield, who launched a food bank from his garden shed, is now opening a ‘gift bank’ for parents struggling to afford presents.
  • Isaac’s gift bank, which kicked off last week, is already bustling with toys and gifts for families, thanks to generous donors.
  • The young philanthropist has also launched a fifth food bank in his hometown, Redditch, Worcestershire, England.

Meet Isaac Winfield, an 11-year-old with a big heart and even bigger dreams. Remember him? He’s the same kid who, last year, turned his garden shed into a food bank to help those struggling during the COVID-19 lockdowns. Well, he’s back at it again, this time with a “gift bank” for parents who might find it hard to buy presents for their kids. And guess what? He’s also opening a fifth food bank!

December is a whirlwind of a month for Isaac. Not only is it his birthday month, but it also marks the anniversary of his food bank launch, which he started using his birthday money. Talk about a birthday gift that keeps on giving!

Isaac’s journey didn’t stop at his garden shed. He expanded his food banks to other parts of his hometown, Redditch, in Worcestershire, England, after seeing how many people in his community needed a helping hand.

The gift bank opened its doors last week, with the local Greenland Pub stepping in to store the hundreds of toys and gifts Isaac received from donors for needy families.

“Christmas can be a stressful time and Isaac wanted to help as many people as possible have a celebration without worrying about what is under the tree,” said his mother, Claire.

And you know what? Isaac is over the moon! “He is absolutely ecstatic seeing his shelves full of toys and gifts for families. His dedication his weekends and spare time to helping is the best Christmas present he could have asked for,” Claire shared.

On the first day of their present bank, they welcomed 200 children! “The response has been phenomenal. We’ll be holding present bank days another three times at this same pub and put on more dates if there’s still the demand,” Claire added.


From baby toys, books, dolls, teddies, Nerf guns, blankets, toiletries, you name it, they’ve got it. “It has all been quite overwhelming to see,” Claire admitted.

Isaac’s fifth food bank, opened in partnership with the YMCA, has also received incredible support. If you’re looking to donate toys or food, you can find all the links on the Friends of Isaac Food Bank page on Facebook.

So, let’s share Isaac’s incredible story and inspire others to lend a helping hand, especially if they’re near Worcester!