Luzerne County boy behind local food drive


EXETER TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – A Luzerne County is giving back in a big way. He started a food drive to help the hungry with a goal of collecting 3,000 pounds of food.

Can by can, donations kept piling up Saturday inside Gober’s Deco Lounge in Exeter.

An eight year old boy is at the heart of the operation.

Gabe Keezer came home from school one day, saying he wanted to give back. So for the last several months, he’s been collecting for a fundraiser called “Fuel for the Future”.

“Get ready for this,” said Gabe Saturday afternoon “Okay, we hit 3,000 pounds today!”

A thunderous applause erupted during our interview. The collection started off small and modest, but Gabe enlisted the help of other area organizations like the Kiwanis Club.

“That’s what’s the most amazing part of this story,” says Wyoming Area Kiwanis Club President Bob Orlando. “We have an eight year old that actually is concerned about some things that other people aren’t and he’s a remarkable young man.”

The food’s been sorted, from here it will be packed up and delivered to the Weinberg Food Pantry as well as Ruth’s Place and Gabriel’s Place.

Says Gabe’s mom Kate Mangan “There’s a lot of people that just forget that it’s all-year round that people need food. So this is kind of our Christmas in July and we want to give back.”

The drive wouldn’t have been a success without help from the community, and Gabe has a message for them.

“Thank you to everybody who donated and helped with this project. And I think we did pretty good with this.”

But supporters have a message of their own for the pint-sized helper.

“I’m very proud of this guy”, says Orlando.

In all Gabe collected more than 4,700 pound of food, and also $250 in cash donations which will be used to help beef-up the drive.

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