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11-year-old raises money for food pantry for veterans

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An 11 year-old boy had a simple mission: make sure our nation’s veterans are taken care of.

"I wanted to help people in need," Dylan Beall said.

That goal was why he decided to help out "I support the 1%" – a Saginaw County food pantry, who said they're one of the only pantries in the country that provides to service members and veterans exclusively.

So far, Beall has raised more than $2,500.

He solicited donations through his church and local businesses.

"It's different because it only helps out soldiers and veterans," Beall said.

Judy Adams is the food pantry coordinator. She helps make sure all the food and toiletries they collect get in the hands of the veterans in need.

"We have people donate food, plus money, and donate things that we don't have in the pantry. Protein items that keep people from getting hungry," Adams said.

Adams said she's so thankful that a young boy like Dylan decided to tackle such a big project.

"He is the biggest patriot. He's the youngest patriot I know. I was on Facebook with his mom through the whole process and I can't thank him enough," Adams said.

Even with Dylan's help, there's still work to be done.

The food bank relies on the continued help of people.

"A lot live on Ramen noodles before they found this pantry, and that gets pretty old when all you have isRamen noodles to throw in the microwave or on top of the stove," Adams said.

Beall has a simple reason why you should help out vets, too.

"They protect our country, and us," Beall said.

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