A 9-year-old Alabama boy is being praised for his efforts of giving back to the community by helping the homeless. He recently bought 100 sleeping bags and food for the homeless in Birmingham.

Ethan Hill has been helping the homeless community every holiday season by giving sleeping bags and care packages for two years. In his third year in doing so, the young boy is trying to make sure he can help more homeless people, so he set a goal of buying 100 $10 sleeping bags.

The Phillips Academy fourth-grader and his family set up a fundraising campaign to raise funds for the homeless on Facebook. It has so far raised more than $6,500.

Academy Sports and Outdoors reached out to Ethan and gave him a $1,000 shopping spree to contribute to his initiative. The store opened early to accommodate Ethan so he could buy sleeping bags, cold weather socks, gloves, hand warmers, meal assortment buckets, and more for the homeless.

Ethan said he plans on helping out and donating to the homeless each year and feels blessed that he is able to give a hand in his community.

“I feel blessed that I can help them and I feel blessed that I have everything that I need,” he said.

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