FISHERS, Ind. (WISH) – A ten-year-old boy from Fishers is on a mission to assist the homeless throughout Indiana. Final week, Maddox O’Connor requested police to assist hand out 200 blessing luggage. Now, he has an excellent larger objective of donating 3,000 luggage stuffed with meals, hygiene merchandise and a handwritten be aware to folks in want, by the top of the yr.
It seems Maddox has been on this mission for the previous couple of years and essentially the most inspiring half is that his compassion was born from his personal well being struggles.
Once you step into 10-year-old Maddox O’Connor’s lounge, it appears to be like like a blessing bag meeting line. He finishes every bag on the kitchen desk, with a handwritten be aware.
“Makes them suppose they’re actually cherished,” stated Maddox. The notes sometimes say “You’re so cherished by Jesus and Maddox’s Mission.”
It’s a mission to ensure each particular person with out a dwelling or primary wants, has some assist.
“It’s the neatest thing I’ve ever executed,” stated Maddox. “It simply makes me glad.”
He’s merely glad to assist. It has been his favourite pastime for the previous couple of years. This all began when Maddox was 6-years-old and he needed to go to Riley Hospital for Youngsters at IU Well being usually.
“He’s a toddler who occurs to have a deadly sickness, however he’s not a deadly sickness. And I feel that type of pulled on his coronary heart as a result of he is aware of what it’s wish to battle for even the fundamental issues,” stated Maddox’s mother, Shawn O’Connor.
Maddox suffers from a uncommon type of muscular dystrophy known as mitochondrial illness. He was going to remedy at Riley Hospital for Youngsters when he began giving some homeless folks close by, his lunch.
“He stated ‘thanks’ and I stated ‘God bless.’ And that’s how it began,” stated Maddox.
“He checked out me and stated ‘I do know what it’s wish to dwell in a world that I didn’t ask to dwell in.’ They simply want love,” stated Shawn.
It’s a particular type of love that sparked a ardour and motivated Maddox’s Mission.
Initially, Maddox wished to make one million luggage, however the household settled on a objective of 500 luggage each three months. Now, he arms them out to homeless camps and shelters on Thursdays. Maddox even requested the Fishers Police Division to become involved.
“In the event that they see somebody in want, they will hand them out,” stated Maddox.
Up to now this yr, he has given away 800 or 900 luggage. The 2021 objective is 3,000.
“He has executed extra to point out love and compassion and kindness in his little 10 years of life than most individuals can in a whole lifetime,” stated Shawn.
“They’ll make a distinction on the earth,” stated Maddox. “They’re cherished and so they can actually make a distinction on the earth.”
Maddox has a Fb web page and an Amazon Want Listing the place folks can donate items there for the blessing luggage. He additionally wants assist filling the luggage, so a bunch of volunteers will get collectively at a neighborhood church each few months and persons are welcome to hitch in. Volunteers can contact Shawn right here.