8-year-old boy helps stock food pantry's empty shelves

With the help of a couple of friends, Ethan collected more than 220 pounds of food in just three hours.

A few weeks ago, workers at the Collinsville Food Pantry noticed the shelves were bare, so they took to social media, encouraging people to donate. That post caught the heart of an 8-year-old from Belleville.

It turns out, even a little boy can make a "big" difference.

Volunteers at the Collinsville Food Pantry were stocking up Thursday, filling once empty shelves with food for hungry families.

It's a big change that started on social media. Angel Lipham is the Direcotor of Ministries.

"I came down and took a picture of our empty shelves at the pantry and I posted it on Facebook," Lipham said. "I was thinking maybe a thousand views or something."

Thirty-two thousand people noticed that post, including Merissa Sheldon and her son Ethan.

"I believe his exact words were 'Well we can do something about that,'" Merissa said.  "That night he came home and went door to door and collected a lot of food."

Ethan, an 8-year-old of few words, had the perfect pitch.

"I said 'Will you please donate for the local food pantry? Non-perishable items, box or cans,'" said Ethan.

With the help of a couple of friends, Ethan collected more than 220 pounds of food in just three hours.

"We were just really amazed that this little boy took it upon himself to feed hundreds," said Lipham.

The proof is in the pantry's latest Facebook post, and on those once empty shelves.

"He's just full of heart, and that to me just means that me and his dad and his step mom are doing the right thing," says Sheldon.

"It's just really nice to see that, in today's society, that a little boy wants to step up and actually help people on his own," says Lipham.

And it shows that even a little boy, can make a big difference in the lives of others.

"It just matters that you are doing a good thing," Ethan said.

Since Ethan's effort, other people are following suit. As the pantry's director told us, "hunger never takes a break."

The Collinsville Food Pantry said their needs are:

  • Macaroni & cheese
  • Canned Chili
  • Ramen Noodles
  • Canned Spaghetti Sauce
  • Hamburger Helper
  • Pancake Mix & Syrup
  • Chicken Noodle Soup
  • Canned Vegetables (all kinds)
  • Canned Beans (all kinds)
  • Peanut Butter
  • Canned Fruit (all Kinds)

Also Toiletry Items:

  • Toilet paper
  • Bar soap
  • shampoo
  • Tissues
  • Feminine products (all kinds)
  • lotion
  • razors


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