Four-year-old fills backpacks for children in Guatemala
When Logan Brailey told his parents — Chris Brailey and Krystle Samson — he wanted to fill up backpacks with school supplies, they thought it was kind of a big project for a four-year-old.
“We were a little overwhelmed,” said Brailey Thursday morning in the lobby of St. Kevin Catholic Elementary School.
“I was quite proud of him … to think that we wanted to help out other children, especially at his age. You wouldn’t think he cares about others, but he does.”
He said Logan is a very caring little boy.
Samson took to Facebook and reached out to family, friends and the community for school supplies to fill at least 20 backpacks.
“We were quite surprised by the outreach in the community, it was very nice,” said Brailey.
Junior kindergarten teacher Maryann Raso said it was St. Kevin’s social justice committee, consisting of nine students, herself and fellow teacher Christine Joyce that inspired Logan.
The committee’s current campaign — it runs a number throughout the year — is Packs of Hope.
Students are asked to fill backpacks with school supplies for children in Guatemala.
Raso said Logan and his family were able to fill 21 backpacks on their own and more than 40 will be sent to the Central American nation.
“We haven’t filled them all … the rest of the school is still contributing,” she said, adding the packs will be sent to the Wells of Hope mission.
With its roots in the Niagara, Wells of Hope was founded in 2004 by Ted van der Zalm and his wife, Miriam, and consists of numerous volunteers.
The organization drills wells, builds schools and provides school supplies, helps to relieve poverty by collecting, transporting and distributing donated good and organizes medical and dental clinics in Guatemala.
Members ofSt. Kevin's social justice committee, in back from left, Elizabeth Fortier, Jayne Buliung and Addison Bisci, hold up some of the backpacks four-year-old junior kindergarten student Logan Brailey, in front, filled with school supplies, with help from his family, for children in Guatemala.