Teen helping hundreds of students by raising money for school supplies

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LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. – Right now, tens of thousands of Southwest Florida kids have no idea their parents are worried. Mom and dad know they might not be able to afford school supplies come August.

WINK News met a student who says something needs to be done, and he’s the someone to do it.

Connor Blais, 17, from Lehigh Acres, says it’s a simple question.

“How can I make this bigger? How can I include more people?”

To him, the backpacks represent hope at home. For an already decorated scout working on his Eagle Scout project, it just makes sense to bring help to where his heart is.

“It’s just giving back to Lehigh. Lehigh had a big hit with the economy drop and everything so it’s more of me just giving back to Lehigh,” Blais told WINK News.

WINK News knows the need to help students get backpacks for school. Our own Adopt-A-Student program is working to bring thousands of backpacks to students at the Multiculture Center by August.

Blais’ project is separate. He says it’s “for the families. It’s more like somebody’s out there to help.”

There are two ways you can help.

Blais is hosting his own spaghetti dinners in Lehigh Acres to raise money. The dinners will take place Saturday, July 11 and Saturday, July 25 at the Knights of Columbus Hall. The address is 1250 Business Way in Lehigh Acres.

You can pre-order tickets at Lehigh Community Services. Or donate by clicking here.

You can also help the WINK News Adopt-A-Student campaign by clicking here.

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