This following article is a guest post from my friend Max. Max is a 7-year-old simple giver whom I met while volunteering at the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program. I asked him to share with you what inspired him to coordinate a fundraising pancake breakfast to benefit MCHPP for the past two years. His mom, Danielle, was kind enough to write Max’s thoughts down verbatim.
I was inspired by a food parade from my church to Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program. We had collected food at church, after church we each chose an item or a bag and carried it in a stroller, in our hands, a cart, wagons and on our bicycles. This was the first time I had been to Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program, also called MCHPP. I was four. I really liked it, and I really liked that they gave people food if they needed it.
The pancake breakfast idea was inspired by my Mom making chocolate pancakes one night. It made me think that if I did a pancake breakfast like our church breakfast that people could donate a little, and I could give that money to MCHPP.
I did the first breakfast when I was six. I served pancakes, sausage, fruit salad and coffee and juice. First I had to ask my church if I could use the hall for my pancake breakfast because my house was too small! Then I had to make a poster, and I had to ask people to volunteer. It was a lot of work, but mostly fun. My friend, Matt Loosigian, played fun, cool music at the breakfast.
I am doing it this year because I want to help MCHPP again. It was the first time in my life I thought, “I can make a difference in the world!” Last year I raised $1,026.00. I hope to raise $1,500.00 this year.
Follow your heart! And if you want to do something like this, do it!
Max is a seven-year-old first-grader. He lives with his mom and dad and his brother, Oliver, who is four. He loves to build with Legos, draw pictures, play with friends, and read books. Max believes strongly in doing what he can to help others, and he knows that he can make a difference.
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