Second grader makes "Blessing Bags" to help homeless

A 7-year-old from Winter Haven is helping the homeless by giving them bags with food and toiletries.

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (WTSP) -- A little boy from Winter Haven is starting a movement, and he's only seven years old. Luke Fredricks fills 'Blessing Bags' with food and toiletries and hands them out to homeless people.

He’s been making the bags for the past couple of years, but his parents say they knew he had a heart for helping others before then. When he saw someone who was homeless, he'd ask his mom if they could stay in his bunk bed.

“I'm thinking, I don't have a good reason why we can't bring them home, you know, other than we can't bring them all home,” Luke’s mom, Jessica, said. “We needed a solution. We needed to do something.”

That's when they started making the bags, and Luke's goal to spread kindness is becoming a movement. His friends from school help out. Over the weekend, they got together for Family Volunteer Day. They made close to 900 bags.

“Kicking off the holiday season as a season of service, really shifting that focus from get to give,” Jessica explained.

The Blessing Bags are a year-round project. Many of the homeless people Luke helps every week know him by name.

“Makes me feel happy and proud of myself,” Luke said.

Luke and his family contributed their own money to make the bags. They also collected donations from family and friends, and they even got two grants to help pay for them.

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