Athens, AL (WHNT) -- When 8-year-old Greyston Harper heard the statistic that nearly 1 in 5 children go hungry when they leave school for the weekend, he knew he needed to help.
Harper turned to his parents, and told them he wanted to use his allowance to purchase food for needy children in the area.
The idea grew, until Greyston and his parents decided to hold a Fall Festival food drive, where the price of a ticket was a bag of canned and boxed food.
"I when he made the comment about how sorry he felt for the kids that were going home hungry and he wanted to do something about it, it really made me very proud of him and touched my heart." said Brenda Harper, Greyston's mother.
The children packed 30 bags full of donated food. The food will be donated to Johnson Elementary School, where teachers will distribute it to children they know to be in need.