BLOOMFIELD, NJ - Twelve-year-old Brandon Wojack is learning a lesson in the power of giving from his recent community service project to help the Human Needs Food Pantry of Montclair.
Wojack, a Bloomfield resident who is in Boy Scout Troop 23 in Bloomfield, decided to help the food pantry after seeing a flier requesting donations. In working toward getting his citizen merit badge, Wojack needed to volunteer eight hours of service. A short time after watching the movie "The Pursuit of Happiness," Wojack was inspired to do something in the local community to help out.
"I want them to know that someone cares," he said.
Recently, the HNFP stated that they were running low on food after having a hard winter. Wojack added, "It's hard for me to think about people not having enough to eat. I wanted to have a food drive so I could help.
His mother Debra Lynn said that Brandon took the initiative to research the Human Needs Food Pantry before deciding to help further their cause. She said, "...realizing life can get tough and we all might need help at times he looked up Human Needs website and knew that's where he wanted to help."
When word spread on social media of Brandon's efforts, people began to help him by donating food. Brandon's mom posted a flier in a local facebook group and has offered to pickup the donations or they can be dropped off at the HNFP care of Brandon.