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Wayzata teen's fundraiser gathers healthy food for food pantries

When 17-year-old Henry Oswald was looking for an Eagle Scout project, he found the Pinky Swear Pantries.

WAYZATA, Minn. — A few pantries at a Minneapolis hospital need to be stocked pretty often. They sustain families impacted by cancer.

A Wayzata High School student found a way to help. 17-year-old Henry Oswald was on the hunt.

“I was looking to do something for my Eagle Project,” he said.

He found an answer at M Health Fairviews, inside the Pinky Swear Pantries.

“I could just imagine how hard it would be for a family with a child with cancer to be going through the same things,” Oswald said.

Part of his project involves healthier options for the pantries. He said he got a lot of options, thanks to donations from three different drives he put on.

“We raised about 500 pounds 1,700 items and that was really great. I was really happy with how much we got,” he said.

But guess what?

The need is way bigger.

The hospital says the pantries need to be stocked about once a week.

Ashley Lawson with M Health Fairview said they have about 6,000 in-patient stays through the course of a year at the hospital.

“So if you think about that, that’s at least half of our families that are accessing these panties,” Lawson said.

That’s why people like Oswald are so important.

“I’m just grateful that I can help them and grateful that what I’m doing is actually making an impact,” he said.

Pinky Swear helps kids with cancer and their families. If you’re interested in making a donation either monetary or food or supplies, you can drop off at the offices in Edina. Or head over to the Pinky Swear website.

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