Davion's curiosity creates change

Baihly Warfield
Updated: November 06, 2020 06:43 PM

A Duluth 10-year-old is the embodiment of Creating Change. 

One day this spring, Davion was curious about why some people were standing out on the side of the road. His mom Bettina explained that they were homeless. 

"I asked her like what they were doing, and then she told me, and then I said I kind of wanted to help them," Davion said. "And then that's how it all started out."

A week or two later, the two were baking cookies to raise money to help. The 10-year-old posted videos on his mom's Facebook to drum up interest. 

"I'm selling cookies. Please help me by buying some of my chocolate chip cookies," Davion said in a June 16 video. 

By June 21, he had raised $885. The money helped him buy pillows, comforters and other supplies for the youth at Life House. 

"The main part was to give them gift cards so they can buy stuff at Target. About $10 each," he explained. 

He also bought sports equipment for Bethany Crisis Shelter so that kids who are distance learning can get out and play. 

Davion's motivation is simple. 

"What makes me want to help is to see them having what they need because I kind of felt sad for them when other people have plenty of other stuff," he said. 

And his giving keeps going. He recently set up a community food shelf near the Marshall School. It's a similar concept to a Little Free Library. People can drop food in or come and take what they need. 

Donations can be sent via Venmo to Davion the Helper @helpinghomeless.

You can learn more about Life House here and Bethany Crisis Shelter here


Baihly Warfield

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