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Tea Boy Collects Necessities For Needy

January 14, 2014, 5:01 PM by Sammi Bjelland

Tea Boy Collects Necessities For Needy

The Good Shepherd Center in Sioux Falls hosts thousands of people in need each year. With those people, come many needs.

Damien Devries is only 10 years old, but he already knows what it means to give.

"My mom told me that it's important to give and not get.  Because if you get all the time, you're kind of greedy.  And if you give, then you're selfless," Damien said. 

Damien decided he wanted to collect some necessities for people in need.  But what started out as just a few items turned into more than 40 bags packed with goods from the community of Tea.

"Gloves, hats, hand warmers, tooth brushes, tooth paste," Damien said.

"It was amazing the outpouring of support, they just all were so willing to help out," Charlotte Devries, Damien's mom, said. 

"It's been really cool because my friends, they've asked if they could help. And then the day care owner, she said she would send an email out and we got all this stuff," Damien said. 

Stuff the Good Shepherd Center is thrilled to receive.

"The guests at the Good Shepherd Center are always walking around, so having the hats, the gloves, different warm items obviously keeps them warm. Especially in weather like today," Executive Director of Good Shepherd Center Maria Krell said. 

Damien says it was his own past that inspired him to give back to those less fortunate.

"My mom told me that when I was born I was homeless and lived in a van. So then I couldn't imagine not having shampoo and conditioner and warm clothes to wear," Damien said. 

"Right around this age, they start thinking, 'This kid's got more than I do. They've got this. I don't have this.'  And I really wanted him to see that, you know it's important that there are people who have less and you need to realize that you have it really well," Charlotte said. 

Damien hopes other kids his own age learn the same lesson.

"Not ask their parents to give them stuff all the time. To ask their parents to buy stuff so they can give to other people," Damien said. 

You can donate to the Good Shepherd Center by visiting its website.

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