Thanksgiving is a time of year when Valley food banks sound the alarm for help. The Madera County Food Bank always needs to restock it' shelves and a second grade student from Sierra View Elementary in Madera Ranchos has answered the call since he was in kindergarten.
William Jackson is a standout student and he really cares about rounding up food for people in need. Jackson is a hustler when it comes to food drives at school. He's the reigning champ the past two years.
This year he's collected close to 600 cans and the drive doesn't end until next Wednesday. "Why do you do it? Because I want to help people, kids that don't have food."
Right now 1600 items make up a small mountain of food sitting in the classroom. William is responsible for more than a third of what's sitting in the room.
His principal Chris Imperatrice considers him a great role model. "One of the traits of character counts is caring. That's what he is. He's a truly caring kid. Everything he does is really just trying to help people out and really care for others.
William is a young man of few words but his Dad says he's willing to speak up for the Madera County Food Bank. "He started asking for donations. My mother–in–law, his grandmother, friends. He was at a golf lesson the golf coach gave him a donation and people just started donating money and he started buying more and more."
In the past few weeks William has bought a lot of green beans and corn from his donations. He's a caring young 2nd grader who's determined to make a difference for kids his age, who go to bed hungry.
The winning classroom at Sierra View Elementary is treated to a pizza party.