At 12-years old, Braeden Mannering is already well on his way to running an empire! A 2013 win of Delaware’s Healthy Lunchtime Challenge brought Braeden to the White House, where Michelle Obama asked the children at the event to think about how they could pay the experience forward. A few days later, on the drive back home, Braeden saw a homeless man in the rain. He had his parents stop so that he could give the man a bag of snacks. Braeden knew at that moment that this was how he wanted to pay it forward.
Since that day in July, 2013, Braeden has handed out over 8,000 bags to the homeless through his organization Brae’s Brown Bags, also known as 3B. These bags vary in contents, and include food, toiletries, and even a book for the kids’ bag. In addition to packing and distributing bags, Braeden travels the country, giving talks in schools to inspire other young people to help their communities. In his travels, he’s raised over $60,000 to expand his program. He also is a leader at the annual Delaware Hunger Conference, where he encourages kids to write to legislators and help pack bags, showing them how to make a difference.
This is a huge accomplishment, especially for someone his age. But, as he says,“Anyone can change the world, as long as you dream big.”
Watch Braeden’s truly impressive story in the video below!
TC currently lives in the soggy Pacific Northwest, bellied up to a sun lamp. In addition to writing, she enjoys photography and estate sales, and is the proud mother to an ever-growing collection of cacti.