Seven-year-old Trinity Perry may be one of the few children who can make the case that more television time is a good thing.
What she heard one day while watching a cartoon gave her the inspiration to start a weekly food bank with help from her sister Kahilie, 3, and, of course, their parents Eric and Leah Perry.
“When I was watching TV, one of the stations said even though you’re little, you can do big things,” Trinity Perry said. “That meant that even though I was little I could do big things, like help people.”
Since June, the family has made weekly rounds to Lowes Foods in Knightdale, Piggly Wiggly in Zebulon and other supporting locations to help fuel what they call the Lil Angels Food Bank.
They fill about 12 boxes with food per week, with each box containing enough to feed three or four families. About half the boxes are earmarked for local families in need. The rest are taken on Wednesdays to Zebulon’s Eastern Regional Center, the headquarters for the food bank staffed by the young sisters.
“It’s just something we wanted to do as a family,” Eric Perry said. “I just want to foster any kind of generosity I can and Trinity has such a huge heart.
“She said, ‘Why can’t we just do it?’ and I said, ‘You know what, why can’t we just do it?’ The girls love it and the community’s benefited by it, so it’s been a really good thing.”
The community has also shown its appreciation for the display of kindness. One of the food bank’s first patrons recently returned, but to give rather than receive.
“One of the first guys who came out there walked back and forth a couple times and may have been embarrassed and I said, ‘Hey, if you would take some of this (food) I sure would appreciate it,’ ” Eric Perry said. “He came back a couple weeks (ago) and set a box down and just waved and took off. It was really cool.”
The experience has been a valuable one for someone as young as Trinity but what she’s taken from it is a priceless lesson regardless of age.
“I’ve learned that helping people makes you feel good,” she said. “I hope that the people that came to the food bank are able to have a good dinner.”
The Perrys plan to continue the food bank as long as they are able and as long as donations to their effort continue.
“I told Trinity I’d like to see her experience it through high school,” Eric Perry said.
To help support the Lil Angels Food Bank, call 919-607-6309.