CHS Student Helps Out United Way's Backpack Program

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Century High School ninth-grader Lauryn Hinckley's fundraising efforts started five years ago after hearing a sad story that really touched her heart.

"When I was 9 years old, I witnessed a family not able to afford their groceries. There two little boys were about mine and my older brother's age so that made me want to jump in," said Hinckley.

Hinckley's main efforts are in collecting peanut butter and jelly. You may be wondering why.

"The backpacks want more, like items rather than a bunch of random things, so peanut butter and jelly are the most expensive items, so it helps when they get more so like items," said Hinckley.

The United Way can't help express its gratitude for Lauryn's help.

"We could not do this program without the volunteers in the Bismarck, Mandan community. They help pack all the bags, they do the food drives," explained Amber Jensen, MSA United Way Operations manager.

Lynette, Lauryn's mom can't believe how far the fundraising has gone.

"I am extrmely proud of her, this has taken on a life of its own this year, we're extremely overwhelmed with how this is turning out," said Lynette.

Even moving to high school this year and having more homework and social events, Lauryn still finds the time to give back.

"A little boy about first grade, blonde hair, blue eyes came up to me and said to me, I'm so glad it's monday, because I finally get to eat. That keeps me motivated to keep working toward this.

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