He just wants to help: 8-year-old boy builds food boxes

SOUTH HAVEN, Ind. (AP) — Some people build little library boxes to encourage reading. An 8-year-old Indiana boy has made a “blessing box” to collect food.

The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports that Jeremiah “Jay” Dawson used birthday money to put the box in his family’s front yard in South Haven in Porter County. It serves as a neighborhood food pantry.

South Haven firefighters recently honored Jay by donating food and presenting him with a $60 gift card to buy materials for his next box. They visited his house in firetrucks.

Jay says, “I just wanted to help other people.”