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Fresno boy fundraises to give 200 coats to needy kids

Courtesy: Sheranda Mahan

FRESNO, Calif. (FOX26) -- Jalen Bailey is a ten-year-old Fresno boy who needs your help. He's on a mission to raise money to buy coats for kids who don't own one.

We first introduced Jalen a year ago as Fresno County Superintendent Jim Yovino's superstar for starting his own bakery. Now, this young businessman wants to make a difference in his community.

He came up with the coat giveaway idea a year ago. He raised enough money to hand out 100 coats. This year Jalen wants to double the number. "Mom told me when you do good from your heart it will always make a difference, especially when you don't expect anything to come to you."

Jalen's Mom Sheranda Mahan says he got the idea after seeing classmates walking to school in the winter without a coat. "I know that he sets his standards a little high so I let him know that if even you don't if you get five coats it's a really big deal."

She called his first-year goal of 100 coats amazing. This year he set up a Gofundme account and the Kids Heroes campaign took notice. He got a check for $1,000 to buy coats. "I like it. It's pretty cool."

Jalen wants to help classmates and strangers for one reason. To make them feel good and to give them that holiday smile on their face."

Jalen plans to give coats and backpacks to needy kids next month. The clock is ticking on his campaign. He hopes to hand them out before school lets out for the Christmas holiday.

If you would like to donate here is the link to the Gofundme page: https://www.gofundme.com/jalensbakerynextsteps


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