Community rallies behind boy who asked for food donations instead of birthday gifts

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Joseph Powell and Donna Chambers survey the results of Joseph's One Wish

Joseph Powell and Donna Chambers survey the results of Joseph's One Wish

WOODVILLE, Ala.  - If you ask most little kids what they want for their birthday, they would typically say something like toys, or spending money for more toys.  But there's one child that just wanted to help other people, even on his special day.

Joseph Powell is a now 11-year-old boy, who's a little shy, and he had a bold birthday wish.

"I wanted to help people in need," said Joseph Powell, and help them he did.

For his birthday this year, instead of toys, Joseph asked his family, school and town to collect food for those in need and give it all to the Helping Hands Food Pantry.

The community rallied behind him and donated food, clothing, supplies, toys and Christmas decorations to the cause.

The community came together and donated to the needy

The community came together and donated to the needy

"It's been really big and Joseph's idea and his wish has been such a blessing to the Helping Hands Food Pantry," described Donna Chambers, director of the Helping Hands Food Pantry.

Chambers says they hope to serve 45 families with items from the Joseph's One Wish Food Drive. The goal was to give those families enough food for one week and have some leftover to stock the pantry for the remaining winter months.

The final numbers of how many people they were able to help have not yet been announced.

WHNT NEWS 19 was happy to Pay it Forward and help make Joseph's wish come true. When asked what he was going to do with the $319, Joseph said he would, "Donate it to the food drive."

The food drive went through Wednesday, November 23rd. Joseph Powell celebrated his 11th birthday on December 5th.  Donna Chambers says they will give out the stuff they collected during the food drive on December 9th.

The results of Joseph's food drive

The results of Joseph's food drive