BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The third annual "Trevor's Wish" food drive kicked off Tuesday morning and will run through September 30.
The drive is in honor of Trevor Sims, the 11-year old boy who, in 2013, captured the hearts of south Louisiana as he was battling terminal cancer. His dying wish was to help feed the hungry in his community and "Trevor's Wish" was born.
"Anything you can do to make a difference, that's what it's all about," said Mike Manning, president and CEO of the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. "He lived the situation of going without food and he didn't want anyone else to have to do it and that's why we're here."
Since 2013, the drive has collected more than 53,000 pounds of food and $110,000 in monetary donations.
"I hope that we can keep Trevor's wish alive," said Allison Sims, Trevor's mom. "I think he would be really proud and proud of everyone for wanting to give and help others in need."
The drive coincides with National Hunger Action Month. All donations benefit the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.
"Whenever you see a young child that is not so much selfish and he was going through a lot, yet he was willing to reach out and help other young people, what's you're excuse? There's no excuse whatsoever," said East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Kip Holden. "He said although I'm not going to live, I want to make it better for other people."
Through September 30, donations can be made at any Baton Rouge area Raising Canes location, participating CC's Coffee House locations, Essential Federal Credit Union or the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.