While many school children are enjoying their free time during their summer holidays from school, 10-year-old, Liam Hannon, spent his summer making lunches for homeless people.
Over the two month period, Liam spent his time approaching homeless people in his hometown of Cambridge, Massachusetts, handing out 300 homemade lunches with the help of his father, Scott Hannon.
On the discussion of his son, Scott expressed, “It makes me really proud as a dad. Plus, it was something nice we could do together as father and son and with my wife and baby. [Liam] has a huge heart.” It was Liam himself who approached his father with the idea to do some community service during his time off, and this is when he came up with the idea of making packed-lunches for the homeless.
This then saw the start of Liam’s own project, “Liam’s Lunches of Love”, where he would make 20 lunches per week. With his father and one-year-old sister accompanying him on his missions, Liam could be seen handing out bottles of water and paper bags, which consisted of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, to strangers on the street.
To help with his efforts, Liam’s father launched a GoFundMe page to help raise money, which allowed Liam to go from 20 bags per week, to 60 lunches per week.
It is also Liam himself who greets the person he is offering a packed lunch to. “[M]any of the people we help are actually really nice and could use just a little kindness in their lives,” Liam said. “We really need more volunteers so we can spend a little more time with each customer. It just feels really good to help.”
And to act to the kindness from someone as young as ten, Liam and his dad help out at the Hildebrand Family Self Help Center also in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where they help collect school supplies for 400 children who are in difficult circumstances, such as experiencing homelessness.
When Liam returned to school at the end of summer, his efforts did not end there. Liam’s dad explains that on returning to school, Liam hopes to pass out lunches on Saturdays. Not bad work for a fifth-grader.