COLCHESTER, Vt. – Like any other kid, Justin Sears is pretty excited about Christmas. But the Mallet’s Bay School student has sacrificed a few gifts for himself this year to do some good for his classmates.
With help from his parents, Justin launched a GoFundMe page to raise $600 to cover their unpaid lunch bills. As of Christmas Eve, he had exceeded his goal: Donors have so far contributed $800.
“Receiving, I don’t think, is as good as giving to people,” Justin said.
“Giving is not just about making a donation, it’s about making a difference.” – And this will make a difference in allowing families to start fresh in the new year.
Mallets Bay School Lunch Debt gofundme page
According to Hunger Free Vermont, more than 17,000 Vermont children live in food-insecure households. They also estimate that on an average day, only 50 percent of students eat school lunch.
Originally, Justin’s mother, Alma Sears, said they were just going to ask family and friends to help pay off the debt. “I just realized GoFundMe would be a better way to reach more people,” she said.