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College Area 7-year-old raises money to help those in need

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Posted at 12:13 PM, Dec 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-10 15:14:03-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — The COVID-19 pandemic has been tough on kids, as they have been stuck at home for school and for play.

However, a second-grader from the College Area is putting his time to good use. Seven-year-old Max Kelley came up with an idea to help feed those in need. Max and his younger sister Lucy were playing out in the backyard when he approached his mom with an idea of wanting to start a business.

"He wanted to do a water recycling business," says his mom Lauren. "So we went around collecting water bottles and cans. We went around to high schools, the bay, and the beach. Every week, we would return it to the recycling center, and we would get the money."

And while some kids might take the money to buy something for themselves, Max wanted to do something completely different, and completely unselfish. His first thought was to think of others, and how the money might benefit somebody else.

"I realized that there are people in need," says Max. "And need food and water."

His mother wasn't surprised at all, describing her son as very caring.

"He came up with the idea himself, and that was to donate the money to a local food bank," Lauren said.

So the day before Thanksgiving, Max, Lucy, and the family donated their collection of $178.43 to the Special Delivery Food Bank in Mission Hills.

"My family and the kids all got a standing ovation from all the patrons that were there," says Lauren.

One check has been delivered, but Max is definitely not finished giving to those in need. As he and Lucy have plans to raise even more money for the food bank.

"It made me feel happy," Max said.