Beaumont 12-year-old gives back to mother's former foster home

 At just 12 years old, Marshall Middle School student Brach Ross wants to do something most kids his age never think about during their summer vacation.

"I want to help foster kids," Brach told 12News Friday.

Along with his best friend Micah, Brach is volunteering his time to help collect school supplies for the kids at Buckner Children's Village in Beaumont.

"I feel bad for the kids because they've been neglected and abused, so I kind of want to be their friend," said Brach.

Last year Buckner Children's Village started a volunteer program called "Hopekeepers" for kids under 17 who want to help.
 
But for Brach, it means so much more.

"My mom was in Buckner, so I kind of wanted to help and give back to the community that helped keep my mom out of trouble," he said.

"As a troubled youth I ended up here at Buckner. This place was the family that I always wanted. I always wanted a family and when I came here I got it," Brach's mom Alisha Maglio told 12News.

Brach's passion for giving back to the place that meant so much to his mother is something she will never forget.

"Just to know that he cared enough about my past, and growing up, and cares enough about those people who have experienced those types of things that he's never experienced... at that age, just means so much," she said.

The "Hopekeepers" have only collected a few backpacks so far, and need more, but Brach has a plan.

"I've made Facebook events, I've made emails, me and my friend we're going to do a lemonade stand to raise money for the school supplies," Brach said.

If you'd like to donate school supplies for the Hopekeepers program, you can call Buckner Children's Village at 409-866-0976 for more information.


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