NORTH LEWISBURG – Triad Elementary fourth grader Tyana Young is helping her community by collecting personal items for those in need.
Tyana was challenged by her church pastor, Karen Montgomery, to do something for someone or a family in the community, her mother, Sasha Baltazar, said. The pastor gave Tyana and her two 3-year-old twin sisters $10 to help a person in the community or the community as a whole.
Tyana decided to donate toothbrushes and toothpaste after overhearing a student say the parents couldn’t afford them last year. After checking with local dentists to see if they had any to donate, Tyana turned to her mother and grandmother to help. They purchased 30 toothbrushes and toothpaste items each, and distributed them to third graders at Triad. The leftovers were donated to the local food pantry. Tyana volunteers her time to stock the pantry each month and noticed personal items were always needed.
The pantry, a ministry of the North Lewisburg United Methodist Church and Victory Chapel, is located in the Victory Chapel annex at 245 E. Townsend St., North Lewisburg. The pantry is supported by Second Harvest Foodbank and the community.
Tyana is collecting personal items 6-7 p.m. today at the United Methodist Church in North Lewisburg. She did this also on Sunday.
“I have taught my children there are people less fortunate,” Baltazar said. “We might have it all ourselves, but we have caring hearts and helping hands.”
On her ninth birthday, Tyana took this to heart. She asked family and friends to forgo gifts and bring non-perishable food items she could donate to the local food pantry, Baltazar said.
Baltazar said Tyana plans to continue to do collections.
“If she could help the world she would,” Baltazar said. “She has a heart of gold. Tyana always makes sure others are smiling and would give the shirt off her back to a stranger.”
Casey S. Elliott may be reached at 937-652-1331 ext. 1772 or on Twitter @UDCElliott.