Local girl launches project to help fight childhood hunger in El Paso


POSTED: Sunday, April 6, 2014 - 6:40pm

UPDATED: Monday, April 7, 2014 - 9:04am

For most kids in the Borderland, Sunday morning means lacing up their sneakers to head outside and play.

But 10-year old Eleanor Schoenbrun traded-in her weekend for something bigger than that.

"One in three children in El Paso do not have food and they go home hungry. I just think that that number is really wrong because it was one in four and now it's one in three. And one in four people in El Paso are going hungry so it's very difficult to realize how lucky we are," she said.

Eleanor has already realized it and that's why she has decided to put other's needs before her own.

For the second year in a row, Eleanor is collecting cash and food donations for the "El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank" to help fight childhood hunger in the Borderland.

It's a project she calls "Kans for Kids' and it's being funded by a $500 grant she won from the Sodexo Foundation Youth Grants.

"Just to hear that she's doing all this volunteer work too, makes me think I should help out with volunteering also," said volunteer, Natalie Warnock.

"It's actually going better than I actually hoped because it's going so well with all the donations and the generous people out here in El Paso," said Eleanor.

Eleanor's mission hit close to home for some El Pasoans who didn't always have enough food on the table growing up.

"There were times as a young kid coming up in the streets, if I didn't have it, I would go shoplift it, honestly, as a young kid. By having that contribution, maybe that's something I didn't have to do at that time," said Chris Guevara.

"We all know that there's a lot of needy, whether it's sick, or because people just don't have enough to eat. So, I've always felt that if you can help somebody out, why not?" said Rebecca Fuller.

A lesson many adults can learn from children like Eleanor.

"We really need to influence everybody to go out and help in their community or support a cause," said Eleanor.

Eleanor is also a volunteer for the "Pennies for Pets" organization that rescues abused animals.

The 10-year-old will be out at the Sunland Park Sprouts on Friday, April 11th from 5p.m. to 8p.m. collecting donations for both "Pennies for Pets" and "El Pasoans Fighting Hunger."

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