“I want to help as many people as possible because I know that with love, we can all get through this together.”

By Meghan Overdeep
April 07, 2020
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Llacey Simmons

A seven-year-old boy from Gaithersburg, Maryland, is on a mission to help his elderly neighbors weather the coronavirus pandemic.

Cavanaugh Bell told CNN that he got the idea to make and deliver care packages to senior citizens when he realized that his 74-year-old grandmother is in a high-risk age group for the novel coronavirus.

"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. She's my best friend,'" Bell recalled.

After delivering some necessary supplies to his grandma, the first grader looked around at the other residents of her senior home and became worried.

"He was so heartbroken that he didn't have enough to give to everyone," Llacey Simmons, Bell's mom, told CNN.

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So, Bell used all his life savings ($600) to fund a batch of care packages for more than 100 of his grandmother’s neighbors. The packages contain much-needed toilet paper, hygiene products, cleaning supplies, food, and more.

But Bell was just getting started. As news of his philanthropy spread, donations began pouring in, allowing him and his mom to start a community care pantry.  (Donate via GoFundMe here.)

“I want to help as many people as possible because I know that with love, we can all get through this together,” Bell explained. “It’s my mission to give back and it makes me feel beautiful inside and I just want to show everyone that I have their back!”

Go Cavanaugh, go!