Compassionate 9-year-old raises enough money to buy over 100 thanksgiving dinners for families in need
Every family deserves to have a nice Thanksgiving dinner, and one little girl from North Carolina is on a mission to make that a reality.
At just 9 years old, Alex Fischer has won the hearts of her community by going above and beyond to ensure no family goes without this Thanksgiving.
About two years ago, Alex’s mom, Lisa Fischer, said the family should take on a service project to help their community. Alex was seven at the time.
After a lot of research, the Fischer’s chose the Charlotte Rescue Mission, a program that provides a free 120-day Christian residential program for men and women who are predominantly homeless and live with addiction problems.
Each year the Charlotte Rescue Mission holds a community-wide Thanksgiving Turkey and Food Box Drive.
Lisa pitched the idea to her daughter of starting with one box that the family would pack together.
“She was like one box is not enough, let’s do ten,” Lisa recalled to Kens 5.
Lisa indicated that 10 boxes was a lot to start with and that maybe Alex should start a fundraiser.
So Alex, given how passionate she is, immediately got to work. That year, the Fischer’s had a goal of donating around 10-20 boxes of Thanksgiving food to the Charlotte Rescue Mission.
Fast forward to today, and Alex is still fundraising for the mission center. With the help of the community, 10 boxes quickly turned into 100.
“Last year we decided to go even bigger and I thought our goal should be 101 boxes and we ended up donating 130 boxes,” Alex said.
So with the help of her 6-year-old sister, Caroline, Alex set up a lemonade stand and bake sale in the front of their yard.
“I was in second grade and decided we should sell lemonade,” Alex said. “And we ended up going bigger with some other stuff like brownies and cookies.”
So far this year, Alex and Caroline have raised enough money to buy 108 frozen turkeys and boxes of food. At their lemonade stand last weekend, they sold out for the first time – incredible!
“I think everybody should have a Thanksgiving meal with their families,” Alex said. “A lot of people in Charlotte don’t have Thanksgiving meals.”
Lisa Fischer said she never expected the family service project to grow the way it did.
“Every year it continues to grow,” Fischer said. “But it’s awesome and it’s neat to see. It gets bigger and bigger.”
Fischer said as her daughters grow older, she hopes their appetite for serving others doesn’t dwindle.
“It’s kind of humbling to see how many people want to help them and be apart of this. And we’re really excited to see where they go with this,” Fischer said.
After all of their fundraising efforts, the Fischer’s created a meal from the food provided in the box so the girls could see what they donated.
Charlotte Rescue Mission hopes to collect 3,000 turkeys during their annual Thanksgiving Turkey and Food Box Drive.
“Every year agencies come to us and ask us to help with this big food drive,” Rachel DiBattista, Communications & Marketing Specialist for Charlotte Rescue Mission said.
“We’re the central location for collecting the Thanksgiving food and frozen turkeys and help distribute them to families that need a Thanksgiving meal.”
Charlotte Rescue Mission needs frozen turkeys from 12 to 15 pounds each to accompany Thanksgiving food boxes.
They need to be frozen due to health and safety reasons. Donations may be dropped off at Charlotte Rescue Mission – Rebound at 907 W. 1st Street, Charlotte, NC 28202.
Nice work, Alex! These are the behaviors that truly change the world.