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Cambridge boy's challenge to classmates a boon for food bank

A 10-year-old Cambridge boy named Cameron Rego has seen people living on the street in his city and wanted to help, so he challenged his classmates at Chalmers Street Public School to donate to the food bank.

'If we never even helped, everyone would just not live a happy life'

Cameron Rego, 10, said he wanted to challenge his classmates to do really well on their food drive this year. He hoped to get at least 500 items. Instead, the school collected more than 1,700 non-perishable food items. (Eryn Rego)

Cameron Rego wanted to help less fortunate people in Cambridge, so he challenged his classmates to bring in items for the food bank.

The goal for Chalmers Street Public School was 500 items.

"We went way over that to 1,700 items," the 10-year-old said in an interview Friday as he was standing at the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank after spending the morning stocking shelves alongside his dad.

"I feel very happy that I helped homeless," he said.

His mother, Eryn, said she and her husband Jason are incredibly proud of their son.

"I don't even have words without wanting to cry," she said.

Cameron's mother, Eryn Rego, made this collage to highlight some of the food raised in her son's food drive. The family took the food to the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank on Friday. (Eryn Rego)

She said Camerson has noticed people on the streets in Cambridge. He knows about the situation with discarded needles being left on the ground.

"He's 10. He's not naive. He sees what's going on in our city," she said.

They've talked to him about safety, but all he really wanted to do was help.

Along with more than 1,700 food items, Rego also received a donation of 1,500 kilograms of frozen meat and some cash.

"It's very important to help around our community and it's very important that we help others because if we never even helped, everyone would just not live a happy life," he said.

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