Trevor Hardin, a fourthgrade student at Jenkins Independent School, has collected more than 7,000 plastic bottle lids to assist children who are patients at Shriner’s Hospital.
Trevor began collecting over a year ago and has involved many of his family members, friends and teachers in the project.
His mother, Angie Hardin, said, “There were pop lids everywhere in our house. He would not let us get rid of them because he was going to keep helping other kids. We (his father and I) knew that he was serious and supported him to the fullest. We are so proud of him. He is really doing so much for others. His heart is truly larger than his stature.”
Trevor donated his recycled lids to the local Shriner’s Club during one of the club’s month fish fries. The Shriners will use the lids to assist families in paying for medical expenses for children being treated at the Shriners Hospital. Families are not required to pay for treatment, and funding comes from projects such as the recycled lids.
“For us to receive this type involvement from children of this age group is very exciting,” said Mountain Shrine Club President Bill Frazier of Trevor’s efforts. “This not only shows the dedication of this young man, it shows the example set by his parents and the other adult around him stepping up and doing for others in need.
“These bottle caps have already been sent to the Shriner’s Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio,” said Frazier, “and will help pay for the medical attention of children in need. In our case, any child in need is never turned away.”