The Heart of America Foundation® announces Wesley from Hanover as third place winner of the 2015 Gee Whiz Kids® Service Award. The Gee Whiz Kids® Service Award is designed to honor exemplary children age 12 and under, who represent the best of their schools and communities, the true heart of America.
Nominated by a Food Shelf Coordinator at the Upper Valley Haven in White River Junction, Vermont, Wesley has been volunteering alongside his family since age three when they began making peppermint ice cream to help soothe cancer patients’ stomachs. At age 10, Wesley took the lead on the project and transitioned to making ice cream for Upper Valley Haven after a visit. During that initial visit he noticed that there was no ice cream in the freezers – a treat that he took for granted was not readily available for those in need. On a weekly basis over the summer and on school holidays, Wesley makes ice cream, loads it into a cooler box and delivers it to the food shelf. Over 100 pints of the treats help feed some 200 people at The Haven each summer.
Wesley has volunteered hundreds of hours to participate in or lead service activities ranging from picking up trash to teaching child safety to kindergarteners. He has been involved in numerous fundraisers (including selling lemonade to raise $2,000 for the American Wildlife Foundation) as well as environmental and community outreach projects. However, his favorite activity is making homemade ice cream, because he knows that he is providing a little joy and comfort to children and adults.
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