Eighth grader creates school closet to provide needy classmates with clothes, necessities

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A 13-year-old boy from Louisiana is gaining national attention for helping launch a closet at his middle school that provides free clothes and basic necessities to his fellow classmates in need.

Chase Neyland-Square told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that he runs the closet at the Port Allen Middle School in Port Allen, where he is in the eighth grade.

{mosads}”My favorite part about helping with the pantry is getting types of clothes and sorting them out to give to various people,” he told the show. “It makes me feel good because I know that I can make a difference in my school.” 

“I have a heart for giving,” he added.

The closet reportedly contains jackets, T-shirts, shoes, pants, classroom supplies, deodorants and more items that are essential to a student’s daily life. Much of the items were reportedly donated through local efforts. 

Jessica Major, the principal of Port Allen Middle School, told the show that she works with school staff to distribute items to students in need.

“We really want the kids to feel like they have somewhere to go when they need something,” Major said.

“We only have 215 kids so we’re able to get to know them really well … and try to help them where we can,” she added.

Amanda Square, Chase’s mother, said her son has “a great passion for people” and has also volunteered to help senior citizens in the local community and donates to the homeless.

“It makes me proud because we’re very blessed and I always encourage him to bless others,” she said.


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