Maryland boy, eight, helps brighten Thanksgiving Day for homeless veterans by delivering dozens of ‘Hero Bags’ filled with warm clothes, hygiene products and books
- Tyler Shillings has been putting together ‘Hero Bags’ to help homeless veterans
- The bags are filled with essential supplies including hygiene products and warm clothes
- On Tuesday, the eight-year-old helped brighten the holidays for 65 needy vets by delivering the Hero Bags to a center in Baltimore
- Shillings – whose father and grandfather served in the military – has been helping out veterans since he was just four years old
- Every year Shillings and his mother hold a Give Back To Veterans Day fundraising drive
An eight-year-old boy from Maryland has brighten Thanksgiving for homeless veterans by providing them with ‘Hero Bags’ filled with warm clothes and hygiene products.
On Tuesday, Tyler Shillings and his mother, Andrea Blackstone, gave out 65 of the bags to needy men and women who served in the military at Baltimore’s Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training.
Tyler and Andrea run Kid Time Enterprises LLC, with the non-profit taking to Facebook to share the heartwarming story from the day.
Beneath an adorable photo of Tyler posing with his Hero Bags, the pint-sized philanthropist wrote: ‘Every single packed bag is gone! I gave away at least 65. They were packed with things like toiletries, gloves, hats, scarves, long johns, a few robes, and long sleeve shirts.’
On Tuesday, Tyler Shillings gave out 65 Hero Bags to needy vets the at Baltimore’s Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training
He added: ‘I want to drop off some extra bags soon because so many people wanted one. I want to make them to drop off in the near future. Everyone was not there. Mom now has a list for Patriot House, too. I will be shopping for the men there next. Then, I will stop at Baltimore Station.’
Tyler – whose father, grandfather and uncles have all served in the armed forces – has been helping out veterans since the age of four.
The youngster and his mom registered Kid Time Enterprises LLC in order to start an annual Give Back To Veterans Day fundraising drive.
Tyler uses money raised from his Give Back To Veterans Day drive to purchase the supplies to put inside his Hero Bags
Mom Andrea told CBS News that Hero Bags ‘contain the essentials’ that needy vets may not be able to afford. Tyler is pictured stocking up the bags with toothbrushes and toothpaste
During the most recent fundraising drive, Tyler raised more than $1,000 from several donation sources, with part of the proceeds going towards the supplies packed in to the Hero Bags.
Mom Andrea told CBS News that Hero Bags ‘contain the essentials’ that needy vets may not be able to afford.
‘The hygiene kit is one part of it. This time of year, things to keep a veteran warm are [also] included.’
Books also form part of the Hero Bags, with Tyler having given away 12,000 free books in the past few years.
Tyler – whose father, grandfather and uncles have all served in the armed forces – has been helping out veterans since the age of four
Tyler’s philanthropy has help him meet many vets, all while winning a legion of fans in the process
The passionate young reader – who has penned his own tome titled “Tyler Goes Around the World’ – obtained the books through sponsors and grants.
His philanthropy has help him meet many vets, all while winning a legion of fans in the process.
Tyler’s heartwarming delivery on Tuesday was met with much admiration from fans on Facebook, with one writing: ‘Congratulations, Tyler and Mom (Andrea). Thanks for your devoted and creative efforts.’
According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, there were 40,056 homeless veterans as of January 2017.
Tyler is pictured stocking up on the supplies to be given to the veterans
Tyler and his mom registered their company Kid Time Enterprises LLC in order to start an annual Give Back To Veterans Day fundraising drive