Four-year-old fills back­packs for chil­dren in Guatemala

The Welland Tribune - - Local - DAVE JOHN­SON Nathaniel.John­son@ni­a­garadailies.com 905-684-7251 | @DaveJTheTrib

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.

DAVE JOHN­SON THE WEL­LAND TRI­BUNE

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.

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