Burlington boy packing bags to help homeless teens

WCAX 3 News

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) In this Burlington home, the presents are wrapped and favorite ornaments hung, but holiday festivities have been put on the back burner.

“I forgot about Christmas,” Logan Morey said.

Logan and his mom were volunteering at Spectrum Youth & Family Services, an organization that helps homeless teens.  

“When the kids came down, we realized they were carrying all their belongings in their hands or in a trash bag,” Logan said. “And we just did not like that.”

With a little more than a week until Christmas, Logan decided he needed to do something.

“We were up a couple nights until 12, 1ish, packing all the bags,” he said.

With his parents’ help, the seventh-grader launched his new project, “Back At It Packs,” hoping to inspire kids his age to stay strong during hard times.

“We’re putting one pair of socks in each backpack,” he said.

Businesses and schools helped him fill the bags, donating items like toothbrushes and chocolate treats. Friends and neighbors also donated last-minute treats and money.

“Every single person that wanted to help just gave such generous donations and people just didn’t think twice about it,” mom Shannon said.

The family delivered the 30 bags on Christmas Eve. Each is valued at $60-$100. Spectrum says backpacks are always in high demand and give people a sense of dignity.

“It’s just helpful to have something that’s permanent rather than, say, a plastic bag or something that can rip and you know, isn’t waterproof. And it just makes a difference, too, to carry something around that is yours,” said Sam Bolz of Spectrum.

“When Christmas comes around, I’m more excited about giving presents than receiving presents,” Logan said. “So this is really exciting.”

Packing hope for teens in need this Christmas.

Logan and his family will deliver another 10 backpacks to a warming shelter. They hope to make this a tradition to collect more items and bags.


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