Rock Bridge 3rd grader crushes cans for veterans

9 months 4 days 4 hours ago Wednesday, March 07 2018 Mar 7, 2018 Wednesday, March 07, 2018 9:30:00 AM CST March 07, 2018 in News
By: Gabrielle Hays, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - Auggie White wakes up on Saturday mornings, crushes soda cans, recycles them, and donates the proceeds to Welcome Home.

"I want to help the veterans who don't have a home," Auggie said.

In January, Auggie started collecting cans to raise money for veterans in mid-Missouri. His initial goal was to raise $500 by December 2018. In a matter of weeks Auggie not only reached his goal, he doubled it.

Samantha White is Auggie's mom. She said the idea came to him around Christmas time in 2017. 

"We went to the Welcome Home Christmas party and Auggie and his sister were wondering why the veterans didn't have any presents," Samantha said. "He then decided he wanted to find a way to make donations to the home." 

She said it all started in the family's subdivision. A few families would drop off cans here and there. Auggie would take them to his mom's garage and crush them with his crusher that's mounted on the wall.

"Now we have people dropping off cans to the house, his school, and Welcome Home every single day, it's amazing," Samantha said. 

Megan Sievers is the director of development at Welcome Home. She said Auggie's efforts give the veterans something to look forward to.

"When Auggie started this we shared it with our veterans and immediately they started thinking of ways they could help him," Sievers said

Once people in the community caught wind of Auggie's efforts his mom created a Facebook page making it easier for people to connect and give. 

"We initially only wanted people to donate cans but then we started receiving calls about whether or not people could donate money too," Samantha said.

Although Auggie has already reached his initial fundraising goal, his mom said they have no plans to stop collecting cans or fundraising. In fact, the future of his movement may be coming to a school near you.

"We're getting phone calls from teachers and students who want to help Auggie and so we are working on ways we can let everyone help veterans at Welcome Home," Sievers said.

In the meantime, Auggie plans to keep collecting cans.

"I like getting the bags of cans and crushing them with my mom and at my dad's house too."

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA — Police arrested Missouri defensive end Tre Williams early Sunday following a reported domestic incident. According to the... More >>
1 hour ago Monday, December 10 2018 Dec 10, 2018 Monday, December 10, 2018 10:39:00 AM CST December 10, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Those struggling to afford holiday gifts for their loved ones may still have options. Registration ends today for... More >>
8 hours ago Monday, December 10 2018 Dec 10, 2018 Monday, December 10, 2018 3:27:53 AM CST December 10, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia firefighters responded to a fire at Columbia Crossing Apartments on Towne Drive late Sunday night. Division... More >>
12 hours ago Sunday, December 09 2018 Dec 9, 2018 Sunday, December 09, 2018 11:30:00 PM CST December 09, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- Treacherous driving conditions and canceled flights could keep residents stuck at home for days as a nasty mix... More >>
17 hours ago Sunday, December 09 2018 Dec 9, 2018 Sunday, December 09, 2018 6:25:00 PM CST December 09, 2018 in News
OSAGE BEACH – A dog groomer in Osage Beach has made it a mission to train service dogs after she... More >>
21 hours ago Sunday, December 09 2018 Dec 9, 2018 Sunday, December 09, 2018 2:08:00 PM CST December 09, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — University of Missouri faculty members are raising concerns that the system's move to offer buyouts to... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, December 09 2018 Dec 9, 2018 Sunday, December 09, 2018 11:47:00 AM CST December 09, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Officers with the Columbia Police Department responded to a shots fired call inside the Steak ‘n Shake on... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, December 09 2018 Dec 9, 2018 Sunday, December 09, 2018 10:38:00 AM CST December 09, 2018 in News
JAMESTOWN - Grace United Methodist Church held its seasonal music recital on Sunday featuring a 117-year-old historic church organ. ... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, December 09 2018 Dec 9, 2018 Sunday, December 09, 2018 9:58:00 AM CST December 09, 2018 in News
FULTON - Fulton police officers responded to the Fulton Medical Center regarding a possible assault early Sunday morning. According... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, December 09 2018 Dec 9, 2018 Sunday, December 09, 2018 9:00:00 AM CST December 09, 2018 in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY - A Kansas City woman was arrested Saturday and charged with multiple felony counts of possession of a... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, December 09 2018 Dec 9, 2018 Sunday, December 09, 2018 7:30:00 AM CST December 09, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - All weekend the Central Missouri Humane Society is encouraging people to come adopt animals. The humane society has... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, December 08 2018 Dec 8, 2018 Saturday, December 08, 2018 9:35:00 PM CST December 08, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Down Syndrome Guild of Central Missouri had its first learning seminar in Columbia on Saturday. The seminar... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, December 08 2018 Dec 8, 2018 Saturday, December 08, 2018 9:33:00 PM CST December 08, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia teen who was killed in a crash Saturday morning was a senior at Christian Fellowship School,... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, December 08 2018 Dec 8, 2018 Saturday, December 08, 2018 8:55:00 PM CST December 08, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Karis Church in northwest Columbia held its third annual Affordable Christmas event early Saturday morning. This is... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, December 08 2018 Dec 8, 2018 Saturday, December 08, 2018 6:40:00 PM CST December 08, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- White House chief of staff John Kelly will be leaving his position at the end of the year,... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, December 08 2018 Dec 8, 2018 Saturday, December 08, 2018 2:56:00 PM CST December 08, 2018 in News
CAMDEN COUNTY - A Camden County Sheriff's deputy was involved in a car crash Friday on Route MM near Villages... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, December 08 2018 Dec 8, 2018 Saturday, December 08, 2018 2:47:00 PM CST December 08, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Only one person was injured after two overnight fires kept fire crews busy into the weekend. ... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, December 08 2018 Dec 8, 2018 Saturday, December 08, 2018 8:33:00 AM CST December 08, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Runners and walkers dressed up in holiday wear for the annual Jingle Bell Run in Columbia on Saturday,... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, December 08 2018 Dec 8, 2018 Saturday, December 08, 2018 7:43:00 AM CST December 08, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 33°
12pm 32°
1pm 35°
2pm 37°
3pm 39°