A 10-year-old Cowichan Valley boy is trying to bring joy to seniors with bird feeders.
Riley Morris is a Grade 5 student at Duncan’s Drinkwater Elementary School.
When he needed an idea for a class project, he pulled out his trusty iPad and soon found inspiration.
“I decided to do bird feeders for seniors,” says Morris.
“There’s been some other projects in the U.S. about bird feeders for seniors, but I haven’t found any in B.C,” adds Riley.
As it turns out, bird feeders have been proven to be beneficial for seniors.
“It gives them something to look forward to every day,” says Riley’s mom Kirsty. “It’s actually meant to be really good for their mental health and Riley really liked that idea.”
From the original idea came a GoFundMe page to raise money for bird feeder supplies and the donations have rolled in.
“He started with his GoFundMe goal at like 600 dollars and it’s grown way past that right now,” says Kirsty. “Hopefully we can provide as many bird feeders as we possible can to different people.”
Riley’s fundraising efforts have made him the talk of his class.
“My teacher’s been bragging about me and our class and how some of us are doing on our passion projects,” smiles Riley.
It’s also made Kirsty a very proud mother.
“He’s always been a very caring and respectful kid of adults and seniors,” says Kirsty. “So when he wanted to do a project for seniors I was very proud of him and happy to help him do it.”
To donate to Riley’s project, visit his GoFundMe page.