When you talk to Alex Reynolds, you understand he is serious about public service and wants to help others.
“It isn’t that hard to start taking initiative and volunteering,” he said. “It’s easy to work for your community and it’s a good way to show that you care for people.”
Alex, 11, goes to middle school in Springdale. He was recently named an All American with Diamond Sports Group for football and was named a Giving Scholar Athlete of the Year.
He recently received a $500 grant from Disney for charitable use.
“I heard about their Summer of Giving online and through commercials,” he said. “I thought maybe I could be a recipient of one of those grants. So, with some guidance from my parents, I wrote the grant and followed through on what the guidelines were. I was a lucky recipient.”
I think those in the community were the lucky ones. Alex put the $500 grant to good use in short order.
“We donated the $500 to a shelter,” he told me. “Then we found another nonprofit and they needed someone to help with Easter baskets and we did that.”
Alex said he likes making a difference. In fact, Alex also applied for and received a 911 Grant and used those funds to distribute hygiene packs in local schools.