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Teen's little free library-style food pantry turning heads in Madison

When one local teen saw a need, he did something about it, creating a 24/7 food pantry called a "Blessing Box." (Source: WOIO) When one local teen saw a need, he did something about it, creating a 24/7 food pantry called a "Blessing Box." (Source: WOIO)
When one local teen saw a need, he did something about it, creating a 24/7 food pantry called a "Blessing Box." (Source: WOIO) When one local teen saw a need, he did something about it, creating a 24/7 food pantry called a "Blessing Box." (Source: WOIO)
DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

When one local teen saw a need, he did something about it, creating a 24/7 food pantry called a "Blessing Box."

At a time when so many kids are acting out on social media to get attention, it is good to do a story about a young man, who's actually humble, working to help others.

"I'm not an Eagle Scout yet," said 14-year-old Thomas Gala. "This is my project to become an Eagle Scout."

Gala has earned 34 badges from the Boy Scouts and he's on his way to becoming an Eagle Scout, years ahead of schedule. He's working to acquire another badge, one that is special to him.

"I would like the disability awareness badge because that's a merit badge that nobody knows about," he said.

In the meantime, Gala is a blessing to others. He built and displayed what are called Blessing Boxes.

"I have built four of them," he said. "It is similar to the free libraries. It houses non-perishable foods, personal hygiene and paper products."

He said he decided to do this because he saw a great need in the area.

One is located in downtown Madison next to the church on the town square. Folks have been leaving items for others to take if they need too.

The teen's mom, Michelle, is a scout leader. She says most guys are hustling to get their Eagle Scout projects finished before they turn 18. Thomas, who attends the on-line school Ohio Virtual Academy, isn't wasting any time. He's working hard and helping others with his Blessing Boxes.

In addition to the Blessing Box in downtown Madison, there's another located in Dorset, in Geneva, and Painesville. The bottom line is -- come get what you need, give what you can give. As if earning 34 Badges from the Boy Scouts isn't enough, Thomas, a rising ninth-grader, is also a member of the National Junior Honors Society.

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