JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - A Madison youth has created a way to help the needy, and it’s not costing her a thing.
7th grader Anna Mattox had an idea of feeding the less fortunate in her community and came up with the Blessing Box.
Tucked away inside the Madison Police Department is a wide array of non perishable food items that are making a difference for those in need.
Anna Mattox said, "One of the things I hate seeing is people not getting enough food, shelter.
Everything in the box is free for those who need it. It's accessible 24 hours a day.
“People are allowed to take anything they want from it, they can take as much whatever they want, and people are allowed to bring stuff, any non-perishable item and donate them here,” said Mattox.
There’s even a shelf for hygiene items. Many of the items donated by the public just show up in the box. Those who donate can keep up to date on needed items on the Blessing Box Facebook page.
“It just fills me with a lot of pride and gratitude," said Mattox. "I just really hope people get the stuff they want and I just hope everyone gets treated equally and know they’re not forgotten and there is still a chance and they shouldn’t give up.”
Those in need can even request specific items. Peanut butter, Ravioli and cookies are hot items.
As each food item leaves the box, Anna knows she’s making a difference, and keeping Mississippi fed and strong.
Anna’s mother Diane Mattox said, “We couldn’t be prouder of her and also to follow through I know we as adults we have a lot of things we want to do but to actually follow through and do it that means a lot to us.”
If you would like to donate to the Blessing Box or want more information, visit their Facebook page.