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Local pantry asks for help. Boy collects 220 pounds of food in 3 hours.

Ethan Sheldon, 8, of Belleville, collected and donated more than 200 pounds of food to the Collinsville Food Pantry.
Ethan Sheldon, 8, of Belleville, collected and donated more than 200 pounds of food to the Collinsville Food Pantry.

An 8-year-old boy saw the Collinsville Food Pantry’s recent plea for donations on social media, so he collected more than 200 pounds of food in three hours while going door-to-door in his neighborhood.

Director of Ministry Angelica Lipham with the pantry called it a special delivery.

“We were so touched by this little boy’s heart,” she said.

We were so touched by this little boy’s heart.

Director of Ministry Angelica Lipham with the Collinsville Food Pantry

What’s even more impressive to Lipham is that the boy, Ethan Sheldon, doesn’t live in Collinsville; he’s from Belleville, she said.

Lipham said Ethan promised to return with more donations.

“As Ethan dropped off the delivery, he said, ‘I have my school doing it and three friends, and I’m not done yet. I will be back next week,’” Lipham said.

Ethan is inviting the community to help, too. He organized a food drive Thursday night at Collinsville’s Shop ’n Save at 717 Vandalia St.

“It’s going really well. They’re coming out and bringing lots of food with’em,” said Ethan’s mom, Merissa Sheldon. She said Ethan had a sign and shoppers who had heard about his food drive in media reports stopped by with 395 pounds of food.

Sheldon said Ethan, who attends Whiteside Elementary School, has always worked to help people but this is by far his “biggest” effort.

He’s always thinking about others. He sees somebody in need and he acts.

Merissa Sheldon comments about her son, Ethan

“He’s always thinking about others. He sees somebody in need and he acts,” Sheldon said. “Every day he’s doing something, whether it’s holding the door for people or picking up after babies that have dropped things. He’s just always there with a helping hand for anybody who needs it.”

Other recent donations to the Collinsville Food Pantry have included a monetary donation from Collinsville firefighters and 427 pounds of food and a monetary donation from Holy Cross Lutheran Cross in Collinsville.

Lexi Cortes: 618-239-2528, @lexicortes

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