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7-year-old starts 'Love is greater than COVID-19' food pantry to help families struggling

Posted at 2:07 PM, Apr 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-09 17:50:22-04

MONTGOMERY CO. MD (WMAR) — A 7-year-old has become an inspiration, helping hundreds of people who need supplies during this pandemic.

It all started with Cavanaugh Bell found out his grandmother was still walking to the grocery store to get things that she needed. He didn't want her to get sick, so he donated his life savings ($600 from Christmases and birthdays) to buy care packs for her and other seniors, filled with hygiene and paper products, cleaning supplies and non-perishable food.

He wanted to keep the effort going so he and his family started a fundraiser and raised almost $10,000 more. With the money, he was able to open up and community pantry in Montgomery County.

Last weekend, he helped 41 families. This Easter weekend, he expects to double that. His goal is to help 1,000 people total.

"I like doing this and it’s my world too so if I get a chance to help then I’m going to," said Bell. "I want people to feel and stay more positive because with love we can get through this together. Because love is greater than COVID-19."

This is all organized through Bell's nonprofit Cool & Dope, which he started a few years ago when he was getting badly bullied.

He is collecting monetary donations for the pantry. You can also sign up to receive a care pack or nominate someone in need.

Bell is even sending boxes of supplies to other kids across the country who he has inspired to start their own community pantries.