Preschool Philanthropist Raises Funds for Food
A very young Sandy Springs resident is learning what it means to be a philanthropist.
Winston Fejervary, age 5, a preschool student, recently raised $820 for food for the less fortunate. With the funds he purchased two shopping carts full of fresh meat, vegetables and fruit to help alleviate hunger in his community. He donated the food to the CAC Food Pantry. The pantry provides food to more than 500 local families a month and receives more than 1,200 visits a month from people in need from Sandy Springs and Dunwoody.
His grandmother Maria Fejervary of Sandy Springs is teaching him about giving to others.
“I try to teach my children and grandchildren about giving. I asked him how may toys he has. He said he must have 1000. I asked him what’s more important toys or food. He said food, without it you’ll die! So we talked about it, if food is more important would you rather get food for your birthday than toys and he said yes.”
Winston asked his friends to give him grocery store gift cards for his birthday instead of toys. His friends gave $220. With the help of his grandmother he created an online fundraiser on social media and raised more funds. Publix at Abernathy Square contributed $250.
While Winston had a lot of fun shopping, he also thought it was hard work. He and his grandmother shopped for the food, they filled the carts, loaded it into the car, drove to CAC and helped unload it at the Food Pantry.
“He feels proud and had a big smile on his face,” said Ms. Fejervary. “He’s learning that giving is more important than receiving.”
Ms. Fejervary, who is involved with other charitable work, believes that if you teach kids at a young age to give then it will be part of their routine their whole lives. Already another child in his pre-K is doing the same thing for his birthday.
“It’s important to teach children that they can make a difference and I think it’s empowering to them,” said Ms. Fejervary.
Overall, donors give about 650,000 pounds of food a year to CAC, worth over $1 million a year. Donors make it possible for CAC to distribute more than 50,000 pounds of food a month to neighbors need.