News Video: Massachusetts Boy Packs Backpacks for Foster Children

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Denalee Chapman June 11, 2015
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7News Boston WHDH-TV

Usually it’s a project for school or scouts that will prompt kids to reach out in service. But this time, 12-year-old Jared Wallen from Massachusetts acted simply because he saw there was a need. Coming from a family that fosters children on a regular basis, Jared noticed that many of the kids who came to their home had very little in the way of possessions. In fact, most didn’t even have necessities. Jared enlisted the help of his mother.

Through social media Jared raised over $2,600 which bought 50 backpacks as well as enough product to fill the packs. The filled backpacks were donated to the Department of Children and Families in Lynn, Massachusetts to be given to foster children. The message Jared shares with the world is that no one is too young or too old to help when there is need.

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Denalee Chapman

Denalee is an adoptive mother, a motivational speaker, a writer, and a lover of life. She and her husband have adventured through the hills and valleys of life to find that the highest highs and the lowest lows are equally fulfilling. Book Denalee to speak to your group, or find Denalee's writings, including her books on her website at

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