Special to Fayette Newspapers
Since he was 6-years-old, Andrew Fleming knew he wanted to help people. On April 28, the now 11-year-old’s organization, Andrew’s Fun & Helpful Community, will hold its fourth food drive to help hungry children. Every non-perishable donation will benefit Fayette Samaritans. A grant from Youth Service America’s Sodexo Foundation helped to make it all possible.
Andrew’s Fun & Helpful Community’s “Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds” food drive will be held from noon until 3 p.m. at the Fayette County Public Library, located at 1821 Heritage Parkway in Fayetteville. Children’s librarians will have story times for children, and drawings for prizes will be held. You must be present to win. Andrew’s 7-year-old brother, Brycen, is excited to be a part of leading this year’s event.
The Food Drive is an extension of Global Youth Service Day. Held in April, Global Youth Service Day recognizes the positive impact that young people have on their communities 365 days a year. GYSD is celebrated in more than 100 countries with youth-led service projects and community events.
“We know that young people are uniquely suited to help solve problems, if given the opportunity,” said Steven A. Culbertson, CEO and president of YSA (Youth Service America), the leader of GYSD. “Today’s social and environmental problems are immense; we need youth to be leaders and problem solvers today, not just the leaders of a distant tomorrow.”
Celebrating 30 years of youth changing the world, Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) celebrates and mobilizes the millions of young people who improve their communities through service. GYSD is the largest service event in the world and the only one dedicated to the contributions that children and youth make 365 days of the year. GYSD is celebrated each April in more than 100 countries with young people working together to address the world’s most critical issues and change their communities.
Learn more and browse GYSD activities around the world on the GYSD Map at www.GYSD.org.