Hutchinson boy exceeds donation goal in effort to help foster children
An 11-year-old Hutchinson boy wanted to collect hats, gloves and hygiene products as part of a school project for foster children in Reno County.
Thanks to the public's help, he exceeded expectations. It's a cause Xsavory Cervantes says he didn't expect many to help with, but his classmates at Hutchinson's McCandless Elementary School at least made his idea a reality.
Cervantes hoped for 150 donation bags of hygiene products for Reno County foster children. He collected more than 400, covering every foster child in the county.
"I feel like I over-accomplished, I just can't believe it," Cervantes says.
Tosha Smith with St. Francis Ministries says simple donations like the hygiene bags make all the difference for foster care children.
"I think it was incredible," she says. "For one person to step out and you know, just take a step to do something to help the community and to help other children, it was awesome."
Cervantes says what he really wants for Christmas is to bring joy to the world. He says he hopes to make his donation effort an annual event.
Eleven year old Xsavory Cervantes announced his school project to his classmates, he says it's an assignment special to his heart, helping all the foster care kids in Reno County.
Right now there are more than 300 kids in need of foster care in the county.
Cervantes is looking for hygiene donations and other items like hats and gloves to give to those children for the winter. A project he says hopes he can accomplish.
"Just brings joy to my heart and it's by the holidays, so they might get those gifts, the parents might receive those donations then they might give them as Christmas gifts," said Cervantes.
Cervantes says his inspiration to collect donations for the foster care kids at St. Francis Ministries comes from his littler sisters, they too come from foster care.
His grandmother, Enrique Morgan, says he truly loves his sister and cares about other people.
Morgan says her grandson has high functioning autism, he was diagnosed at age 4. A journey Morgan says she's so proud of.
"Every time I look at him I smile. When I think of him I smile, what I think about what he’s doing I smile, when I talk to people about it I cry," said Morgan.
A strong bond between Cervantes and his sisters, a boy Morgan says she's happy and blessed everyday to call her grandson.
Cervantes will begin collecting donations at his school, McCandles Elementary December 2- December 6.