Mother, son receive Helping Hand to open more 'Paxton's Blessing Box' locations

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WICHITA, Kan. Nobody should have to worry about where their next meal is coming from. That's the reason a mother and her seven year old son have more than a dozen blessing boxes throughout Kansas.

Maggie Ballard and her son Paxton put their first box up about a year and a half ago. Now they have 13 boxes in neighborhoods from Wichita to Rush County, with boxes 14 and 15 ready to be installed.

Each one is filled with food, and toiletries.

"You just never know what somebody's going through. maybe they had a repair for their car or something unexpected come up and they just need a little bit of help to get to their next pay day," said Ballard.

While most of the boxes are a huge success, one box in Plainview keeps getting damaged. Each time that happens that's money out of her pocket to fix it.

"I don't want to give up on the area because it's certainly one of the most needed areas, so they're going to have to do a little more than that to get rid of us," said Ballard.

That's because they know people are using it. They say each box goes through about $100 in donations a day.

"It makes me and my mom happy that people are getting food," said Paxton.

"Maggie, Paxton, because of the good you're doing, Eyewitness News and DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers want to give you $1,200, lend you a Helping Hand," said Scott Evans.

"Thank you so much. That's incredible. I don't even know what to say, but that's at least 12 more boxes that we can put up," said Ballard.

When the mother and son duo met with Dustin DeVaughn and Richard James they already had 10 new locations selected.

"We're so thankful for the great work you do in our community and we want to present you with a check for $1,200 to help you with your blessing boxes," said James. "Thank you," said Paxton."

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