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Will, 10

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Will, Texas

Each night coming home from his baseball games, Will saw a man on the street holding a sign that read: “Need a Meal”. When his parents told him what it meant, he was so sad that he decided to create FROGs (Friends Reaching Our Goals) to help fight hunger in his community.

Since it began, FROGs has provided over 100,000 meals to the hungry, packed over 10,000 backpacks for hungry kids, served 1,500 families through the Mobile Food Pantry, and inspired kids to volunteer in their communities. Some of Will’s fundraising initiatives have included FROGs at the Plate – a baseball tournament to raise money and awareness about hunger – and Hits and Kicks Against Hunger – where kids ask businesses to pledge one dollar for every hit or kick in a sports game, with proceeds donated to raising awareness about hunger. Will wants to show other kids that you can have fun while helping others. He believes that “no matter how tall or small you are, you can make a difference.”

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