5-year-old boy collects Easter baskets for children whose parents were laid off

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A 5-year-old boy in Memphis is collecting Easter baskets for children whose parents were laid off.

Carl Grandberry started talking to his friends whose parents lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic.

“It made me sad because I feel like I was about to cry,” said Grandberry.

The Memphis Downtown Elementary kindergarten student knew he had to do something to put smiles on children’s faces.

Grandberry said he makes the baskets because kids that don’t have them need them.

He promised to make sure as many children as possible have some relief, even though their parents fell on hard times.

Grandberry’s mother, Shauna Grandberry, said some of his friends are facing possible evictions.

“When these kids see these baskets, they’re going to be happy,” Shauna said. “They may not be able to go to church and say their Easter speeches or even dress up but just to know that they’re going to have a basket on hand. That’s what kids are looking for.”

There are games for children, teddy bears and Barbie dolls.

Grandberry started collecting Easter baskets last year.

The need became so strong that he decided to give gifts to children every single holiday.

Grandberry has a goal of giving away 100 baskets.

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