Chase Neyland-Square, a 13-year-old boy, could be obsessing over the latest shoes and clothes to add to his own wardrobe, but Chase, an eighth-grade student at a Louisiana middle school, has a wider aim in mind.
He is working to bring donated clothes to help his peers at Port Allen Middle School, according to CBS affiliate WAFB.
Chase told the news station he realizes not everyone has access to the things he’s fortunate to own.
“How would I feel in that situation?” the student said he asks himself often.
Two racks of clothes line a gym closet dubbed PAM’s Pantry in a nod to the school’s name, and they’re ready to be donated, Chase said.
The child came up with the charitable idea when the school principal, Jessica Major, assigned them a task as part of its Student Program for Arts, Recreation, and Knowledge, WAFB reported.
“We ask them what they want to do to make the school better,” Major told the news station.
Chase thought of the closet, and soon afterward he was able to help a family in the school community who had been the victims of a fire, WAFB reported.
It’s unclear how many of their belongings were ruined in the blaze, but Chase said “they came in and got a whole new closet full of clothes.”
“We really want the kids to feel like they have somewhere to go when they need something,” Major told “Good Morning America.” “We only have 215 kids so we’re able to get to know them really well … and try to help them where we can.”