Local boy's dying wish is to help feed the hungry

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POSTED: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 6:00pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - 4:29pm

We hear a lot about children wanting to help others, and even some about dying wishes, but Trevor Sims' story combines both.

Trevor Sims is nearing the end of a five-year battle with cancer, but his dying wish is not about himself, but about feeding the hungry. So the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank is hosting a drive to help make Trevor's wish come true.

Charlene Montelaro is in charge of fundraising at the Great Baton Rouge Food Bank. Montelaro has worked closely with Trevor Sims, who's losing his battle to cancer.

"He could have gone to Disney World. He could have done anything, but he wanted to feed the hungry," Montelaro said. "So they came to us and asked us if we'd like to be a partner and we said we would be so honored to help honor this child and make his wish come true."

Montelaro said Trevor knows firsthand how it feels to go hungry.

"He said 'Well there was one point when my mom was taken care of me and she couldn't work and for three days all we had was water. We were starving, and I don't want anybody else to me starving. So before I pass away, I want to take hunger away from other people,'" Montelaro said.

Montelaro said everyone can learn something from Trevor and his story.

"When you're with Trevor, you just feel an incredible sense of peace and profound purpose and faith and all he wants is to feed to hungry. It is a movement that has taken the city by storm, but he came to us through Healing Place Church," Montelaro said. "He did a testimonial at Healing Place Church to talk about why this means so much to him and why he just wanted to feed to hungry."

Amy Sellers, who works with food procurement at the food bank, said this is how you can help.

"It's really easy if you want to participate in your office and at your organization," Sellers said. "You can easily grab a box. We have these fliers you can print out online, stick it to the side of the box, and start collecting. Just let us know that you are collecting by giving us a call or emailing us."

"So truly, he is teaching us how to live by teaching us how to die," Montelaro said.

If you'd like to be a part of making Trevor's wish come true, you can go to any participating store and donate canned goods, volunteer your time, or you can even send money to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. Just be sure you note "Trevor" in your donation.

For more information, you can go to http://www.brfoodbank.org/trevors-city-wide-food-drive/  

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