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Meet Cavanaugh Bell—he’s 7 and just gave up his life savings to help the elderly

Need a pick-me-up today? Look no further than Cavanaugh Bell, a 7-year-old from Gaithersburg, Maryland, who used his life savings—$600, to be exact—to make care packages for the elderly amid the COVID-19 quarantine. 

"One day I was thinking about my grandma and I was like, 'Oh, mommy she shouldn't be going out to the grocery store because it's coronavirus season,'" he said. "She's my best friend."

After helping his grandma, Cavanaugh realized that there were many other homebound people in need. So, he stocked up on essentials like hygiene products, non-perishable foods, paper products and cleaning supplies and made little packages for the elderly in his neighborhood. His goal is to reach 1,000 people and he's well on his way to not only achieving it, but topping it. 

Cavanaugh's generous spirit is contagious. Businesses like his local Buca di Beppo have been inspired by his message and have donated money and supplies to the cause. It's proof that when you open your heart, it can set off a ripple effect that causes others to do the same. 

Giving back isn't new to Cavanaugh. "When I was five years old, I got tired of people telling me that I was too young to volunteer," he explains on his website, Cool & Dope, where he holds the title Chief Positivity Creator. "And after being bullied, I channeled that darkness inside of me into a bright light that I’m using to change the world!"

To name just a few of his accomplishments, Cavanaugh and his mother raised $4,300 to bring fresh water to the elderly in Flint, MI; he has met with law and policy makers to put a stop to bullying; and he received a Certificate of Congressional Recognition from Congressional rep David Trone. 

Have some extra allowance and want to help? Talk to your parents about donating to Cavanaugh's cause—no amount is too small—and read more about how you can pitch in here.

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4/5/2020 9:29:33 PM
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