Mason Tibbs, 9, helps Gleaners in push to stamp out hunger

Boy's T-shirt fundraiser earns praise

BROWNSBURG, Ind. - You're never too young to make a difference, as evidenced by a Brownsburg boy who wanted to help the less fortunate.

Mason Tibbs, a 9-year-old fourth-grader at Delaware Trail Elementary School, has big ideas and the vision to see them through.

He adopted a family last December.

"He said, 'Mom, I think we should adopt a family because we have it pretty well and we feel pretty blessed," said Tara Tibbs, Mason's mom.

"I don't think they had Christmas at all. They didn't have as much things as I had. I was very fortunate, and I wanted to help," Mason said.

Tara said the moment was eye-opening for her son.

"We walk in and they have not quite a Charlie Brown Christmas tree, but something equivalent, and there's one gift," she said.

The family was so grateful for Mason's goodwill and all the gifts he brought, but he wasn't done.

"A couple of weeks later, he said, 'Mom, I want to do something more. Like, that was just one family,'" Tara said.

A commercial about hunger in America and a food drive held at his school inspired Mason to get creative and get involved.

He turned to a website that specializes in making custom T-shirts for charity causes.

"All the profits go directly to whatever charity you pick, and he wanted to do Gleaners Food Bank," Tara said.

Mason's love for math and his passion to help stamp out hunger equaled his own creative design, a stick figure, plus a bag of food equals the end of hunger.

"I drew myself here, because I thought if I could help people with hunger, then there would be no more hunger," Mason said.

With a thoughtful written essay and a link to his charity T-shirt page to go with it, Mason reached out to family and friends and raised nearly $280 to donate to Gleaners.

"I think kids have big ideas. You just have to help them navigate, and he came up with the whole idea," Tara said.

"You're never too young to make a difference in someone's life or for people in need," Mason said.

Mason is now raising money again, hoping to get more than $500 for Gleaners.

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