1st grader sets goal to raise $10,000 for local organization.

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Updated: 4/26/2013 2:05 pm
SATILLO, Miss. (WTVA) -- Raising thousands of dollars for an organization like the Salvation Army is not on the minds of most 7-year-olds, but Kennon Quinn is not your average 1st grader.

"I want to help people who don't have food, drinks and kids who don't have toys," said Kennon.

We first met Kennon at the Empty Bowls Luncheon, where he was selling baked goods and taking donations. Now Kennon is back at it, fundraising again- this time he is holding a charity yard sale.

"He had an uncle who went through some very hard times... a great uncle that he never got to really know until the end and he was touched by the Salvation Army. So Kennon learned that... so Kennon wants to give back because of what they did for one of his family members," said Sean Quinn, Kennon's father.

Several of Kennon's teachers at Saltillo Primary, spoke about the inspiration he's been to both students and staff.

"He has big goals, said Ginger Austin Kennon's first grade teacher, "Keenon is a very giving student always thinking of others."

Members of the Salvation Army in Tupelo say without donations they would not be able to serve the community as they do.

"It's awesome that he's out raising money being so young and having such a vision and passion to raise money for the shelter to feed the homeless, he has such a heart for the homeless," said Lieutenant Jervonne Hinton with the Salvation Army. 

If you would like to give a donation for the Charity Yard Sale you can bring items to the Salvation Army on Carnation St. The yard sale will be May 3-4 at 141 Colt Lane in Guntown from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Donations are also accepted online at www.GoFundMe.com/Kids-Care-Campaign. 

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