LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)– Bryce Bentley is just 11-years-old but he’s already making a big difference for those who serve our military.
This is the sixth year that the Richmond boy has donated a giant haul of supplies to Military Missions in Lexington. Bryce came up with the idea himself at just five-years-old.
“After his fifth birthday, he came to me and said, ‘Dad, I’d like to do something different,'” said Tim Bentley.
Starting with his sixth birthday, Bryce began asking for donations for the military instead of gifts for himself.
“I just really wanted to help them because, for all of the stuff they do for us, and I think their services should be appreciated,” said Bryce.
Over the years, he’s collected tons of handmade cards, books, socks, and hard candy, all to be turned into care packages and sent overseas.
Bryce says he hopes to be a role model to other kids and encourages them to find a buddy in the military or simply thank a veteran.
“I want to try and make a difference, to give them things that will make them happy, and give them courage and hope,” he said.
To donate to the Bryce Military Mission Project, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.