A Kansas boy wants people to kick him out of his bedroom for a very good reason – to end hunger in his community.
The boy's goal is to fill his room so full he can't fit inside. He is collecting non-perishable food. He started the mission after a food pantry opened in his hometown of Nortonville, KS.
Colby Weishaar, 12, proudly wears a shirt advertising his good cause.
"It's called Operation Kick Me Out of My Bedroom. It's a canned food project for a community service project," he said. "(The goal is to) fill the whole floor of my bedroom to I don't have to clean it."
Knowing that many are going hungry every day, Colby decided to focus his 4-H community project on helping to change that – and as a way of getting out of cleaning his room.
Now that the good cause has started to pick up momentum, Colby is starting to be surrounded by canned food.
"Sometimes I forget about it and I wake up in the morning and trip over it," he said.
When he isn't dodging peas, green beans and carrots, he's carrying donations to three separate food banks.
"When my bedroom gets full and we can't put any more in it, we stack it down here in the basement," Colby said.
He is a man of few words, but that doesn't stop him from assertively voicing his goal.
"I just want to help," he said.
Those who know him might say he is instead a man of action – he has collected more than 1,600 non-perishable food items and he modestly knows it will help a lot of people.
A 90-year-old woman noticed the young philanthropist and wrote a letter to him saying she wished she had a Colby during the Great Depression.
If you would like to help, you can make a financial donation through a bank account called Operation Kick Me Out of My Bedroom at three Kendall State Bank locations. You can also get more information on Colby's Facebook page.
Colby will also come to this year's Professional Bull Riders or PBR event at the Sprint Center in Kansas City and he said he'll be proudly wearing a shirt advertising his philanthropy.
The collected food goes to the Pantry of Hope, God's Store House and Valley Falls Food pantries in three separate Kansas communities.
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