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5th grader challenges the community to match her donation to provide meals to kids

Heaven has raised over $600 as of Friday afternoon
Posted: 6:21 PM, Mar 20, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-20 21:01:27-04
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A 12-year-old girl is acting on behalf of children in her community. Heaven Breaux was devastated when she learned not all children will be able to receive free lunch while public schools remain closed.

After talking to her mother, the 5th grader decided to donate her birthday money to Nunu's, who was already in the process of providing meals to children. Before Heaven stepped in, the meals were $3 to purchase, however that fee went away after others began following in with donations.

“My goal is to feed everybody that needs a lunch in the St. Landry Parish," said Heaven Breaux.

She was able to join the collaboration of local non-profit Bully Box and Nunu's by posting the challenge on Facebook.

“Heaven had done a video on Facebook and tagged me in it," said founder of Bully Box, Shauna Sias.

The news about Heaven's effort continued to spread and the donations kept coming.

"It makes me feel happy, and it makes me feel excited to see the community come together to help the kids and make sure they have a meal," said Heaven Breaux.

As of Friday afternoon, the group has been able to raise over $600 for the cause.

“I’m so proud of her. The whole world gets to see her heart," said Heaven's mother, Yolanda Breaux.

Anyone who wants to donate can do so by contacting Nunu’s at 337-692-1199 or drop in at 1629 Austin St., in Opelousas.