Fourth graders Amisha & Ronak Ghelani know what it means to put #loveinaction. The 9-year-old twins from South Charlotte collected more than 500 boxes of cereal for Common Heart’s food pantries after seeing the cereal shelf was almost empty when they were volunteering recently at our Marshville location.
The idea and execution was done without help from Mom & Dad. They made a flyer and walked their neighborhood to distribute it. They asked friends and teachers at school to donate — and they did. They piled the boxes up one by one in an impressive display in their living room and quickly exceeded their goal of 300 boxes of cereal.
The most common donation? Honey Nut Cheerios. It’s Ronak’s favorite! Amisha said she doesn’t even really like cereal but knows it’s important for families to have.
“If everyone would do a cereal drive then nobody would be hungry,” she said. “This will feed a lot of people.”
Common Heart Executive Director Keith Adams said their desire to help their neighbors is encouraging.
“It’s so inspiring to see students — especially some so young — really understand what it means to put ‘love in action,” he said. “They saw a problem and immediately took action to do something about it. We’re so very thankful for their kindness.”
Amisha & Ronak want other kids — and adults! — to follow their lead and host food drives or donate to help our neighbors.
“It’s not hard,” Ronak said. “All you have to do is let people know about it.”