PRESTONSBURG – A Prestonsburg Elementary student is helping to make the holiday season a little better for some, as he celebrates his birthday for the second year in a row with a food drive.
Loren Stephens, a fourth-grade student from Prestonsburg Elementary, will be celebrating his 10th birthday with a food drive for the Fishes and Loaves Food Pantry, at St. James Episcopal Church, in Prestonsburg.
Loren’s mother, Yvette Latta, says that it was Loren’s idea to ask people to donate food instead of giving him presents for his birthday.
“He loves to give. This is his second year with the food drive,” says Latta.
Latta says that her son noticed last year how some of his classmates parents were losing their jobs or having difficulties in the economy, and decided he wanted to try to help people who were struggling.
“I have plenty of toys. I don’t need anything, I just want to help other people,” says Loren. “I want people to bring food for the food pantry instead.”
Loren is a member of the Prestonsburg Elementary choir, academic team, C-Team Football, Cub Scouts, and is a member of Allen Baptist Church. He is the son of Anthony Stephens, of Ivel, and Yvette and Jackson Latta, of Prestonsburg. He is the grandson of Irene Stephens and the late Clarence Stephens, of Allen and Ada DePoy and the late Meredith “Mert” DePoy, of Prestonsburg. His sister Cecilia Latta will also be celebrating her third birthday with him.
If anyone would like to make a donation to the pantry in his honor, drop-off boxes will be set-up at the Mountain Arts Center and Prestonsburg City Hall.