• 6-year-old collects 1,000 jars of PB&J to help feed hungry Florida classmates

    By: Shelby Lin Erdman, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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    PORT ORANGE, Fla. - A 6-year-old girl from Port Orange, Florida, decided she wanted to help make a difference in the lives of hungry classmates, so she decided to launch a campaign to collect what else? Jars of peanut butter and jelly of course, a favorite food among the younger crowd.

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    Eva Chapman has not disappointed. With the help of her mother, Nicole Chapman, the little girl has collected more than 1,000 jars of peanut butter and jelly and donated them to nine schools in Volusia County, including her own, Spruce Creek Elementary, according to ABC News.

    “It's just been such a wonderful outpouring of support,” Nicole Chapman told “Good Morning America.” 

    “For whatever reason, this really just touched people and moved them. I'm very proud of her. She has a huge heart,” Chapman said

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    Chapman said her daughter found out that a classmate might not have enough food to eat at home and wanted to help.

    “She got fixated on [another child] she went to school with,” Chapman told GMA. “It became apparent to me that [the child] didn't have a great home life. My advice to her was, ‘Go ahead and love from afar because they don't have everything you have.’”

    The little girl started her PB&J campaign in April with the hopes of collecting 10 million jars and received donations from as far away as Canada. Her mom said her daughter is thrilled with the support so far.

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    “We are getting more and more peanut butter and jelly so we could have some for the children that have hot lunch and so they could have peanut butter and jelly for the summer,” Eva Chapman said in a video interview with Volusia County Schools.

    The little girl starts first grade this fall.


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