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Scott County 4th grader uses video message to urge people to donate to local food bank

Posted at 4:56 PM, Jan 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-25 19:20:52-05

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (LEX 18) — It started with a prayer at the dinner table. Now nine-year-old Lily Pearl is helping to answer some prayers.

“I think anybody would be inspired talking to Lily,” said Amen House Executive Director Michele Carlisle.

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Carlisle started her work week by showing her volunteers a video Pearl made, which she did to help their mission.

“Oh my goodness, I had to get all of the volunteers to come look at it,” Carlisle said.

In the video, Pearl solicits help from community members in the form of food donations for Amen House, a food bank that serves the Georgetown area.

“Typically this time of year we’d have eight or nine months-worth of canned goods stock-piled to carry us throughout the year, but now we’re only at about one month to 45 days,” Carlisle said of their supply.

It’s another product of the pandemic; more people are in need, fewer are in a position to give, and the Amen House can’t stage its regular in-person food drives due to social distancing guidelines. It’s a rough trifecta, which Lily sought to remedy through her video.

“Every time at meal time my family prays about people who don’t have food. So me and my mom did a little researching about Amen House,” Pearl said.

Lily’s short video explains her mission, and asks people to help with donations of canned, or other goods. Monetary donations are also accepted via the Amen House web site. Donors can also do a curbside contact-less drop-off at their Main Street location in Georgetown.

"Just the energy she put into asking for food was remarkable,” Carlisle added.