Kids raise cash to feed the needy

Aug. 13, 2010 at 11:35 AM
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FORT WORTH, Texas, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- A 7-year-old Fort Worth, Texas, boy saw suffering and decided to do something about it, his mother says.

Will Lourcey noticed a homeless man holding a "need meal" sign every time he rode home from baseball practice and the sight made him sad, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram said Friday.

So, when his mother, Julie, asked him what he wanted to do with his summer, the youngster said he wanted to "start a charity."

Will and 10 friends at Tanglewood Elementary School founded FROGS, which stands for Friends Reaching Our Goals. The kids decided on FROGS as a tribute to Texas Christian University's Horned Frogs football program.

The FROGS set up lemonade stands and Popsicle stands and held a yard sale and collected $1,000 and 1,300 cans of food.

This week at a ceremony at the elementary school they handed it over to the Tarrant Area Food Bank. Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief attended, along with Kelsey Patterson, wife of TCU's football coach. She matched the $1,000 gift in the name of the Gary Patterson Foundation.

"Young people are the future, but they are also very much a part of the present," she told the audience of parents and their kids. "We need to listen to them. These kids put it all together themselves, and it is remarkable."

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