- Jahkil Jackson of Chicago in the United States has helped 20 000 people with his gift bags
- The gift bags usually contain snacks, toiletries, socks, a bottle of water, and other items people who live on the street find useful
- The young philanthropist also provides care packages of essential supplies and food to senior citizens through his organisation, Project I Am
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At just 12 years old, Jahkil Jackson from Chicago in the United States is impacting lives with his generous blessing bags for the less privileged.
According to a report by blackculturenews.com, the young philanthropist and his organisation have been a blessing to many. The young Chicagoan has helped over 20 000 homeless people with his “blessing bags’’.
Briefly.co.za learned that usually, blessing bags contain snacks, travel-size toiletries, socks, a bottle of water, grooming supplies, and other items that homeless people can use. He also provides care packages to senior citizens in his community.
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While many of his age are yet to come to a decision about what they want to become in life, Jackson is living one of his many dreams.
In 2016, he was made a Youth Ambassador for one of the world’s leading anti-poverty organisations, Heartland Alliance.
Jackson was even recognised by former US president, Barack Obama, because of his work in the community. Obama tweeted about Jackson in 2017 after news of his philanthropic work caught the former president's attention.
Jackson was invited to a reception where Obama made a surprise visit.
In spite of such laudable feats at his age, Jackson revealed that he was still nervous when he met Obama.
He said he was overwhelmed and humbled to know that someone like Obama knows his name and supports what he does.
''It encourages me to keep moving forward every day,'' Jackson said.
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