You may have noticed that our weekly Express editions have a regular feature in which we profile a local hero.
Today I photographed David Feller, 10, of Cortlandt Manor unpacking boxes of food items at the Jan Peek homeless shelter in Peekskill. He was inspired to collect food donations and raise money for the shelter after hearing his minister talk about it at church.
He and his friends, including Elizabeth Magann, pictured above, organized a benefit concert, which they played in themselves. They ultimately raised more than $1,600.
The coolest thing, though, was listening to David talk about everything he has done. He is really, really passionate about his fundraising, and he’s already brainstorming for ways to reach more people and increase donations for next year.
Before I left, I wrote down one of my favorite quotes of all time on a piece of notebook paper and gave it to him.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead
David read it and said, “I think this is my new favorite saying!” I think David is my new favorite local hero.
You can read more about David Feller in Robert Marchant’s full story in a future edition of the Northern Westchester Express.