Three years ago, a group of young boys who have been friends since kindergarten began an annual holiday tradition of collecting food for families in need. Each December Charles Croft, Andrew Newman, Nash Elsner, Alex Sedillo, Will Agnew, Caeden Croft, Cole Schroeder, Andrew Moncada, Trent Pattee, and Jake Quartucci meet for pizza and decide how to split up their neighborhood. The boys then spend about 3 hours traveling from door to door asking for food donations. They have collected over 2,700 pounds of food to date!
The group got the idea for this project in the fifth grade. Andrew Newman’s mom, Dena, wanted to teach the kids the value of serving others and show them that “giving can be both fun and easy!” She approached the other mothers with her plan and received an enthusiastic response. Andrew shared that it makes him feel good because he is “helping others, and it’s the right thing to do.”
Even though these 10 friends are not at the same school anymore, they still look forward to working together for this tradition. Nash exclaimed that “This is [his] favorite thing I do all Christmas!” Alex added that even though he participates in events for other charities, this is his favorite, because “it gives [back] directly to our Hays Community”. Hearing their excitement inspires hope for the future. Their tradition is not just a three-hour chore that they must accomplish each year – it is a task that they look forward to. The drive has continued to gain momentum since it began and the group hopes to be even more successful next year.