'I Had To Help'

A lot of people have been doing their part to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Among them is Joseph McClellan Jr. of Springhill, Fla. He went all out, collecting some 250 boxes of food, clothing and toys for storm victims, a huge feat in itself, and one made more noteworthy because this Good Samaritan is 9-years-old.

Why did he do it?

He told The Early Show co-anchor Rene Syler Wednesday, "When I saw the people on the roofs, I just had to help. And I heard about it on the news every day after school.

"Me and my mom and her friend Gina collected everywhere," including school.

McClellan also used $50 he'd saved for a new bike to buy "notebooks, crayons, pencils, markers, paper, girls' underwear, and shirts" for the cause.

His beaming mother, Diane McClellan, told Syler, "At first, I didn't think that it was actually going to go this far. I thought we'd just collect a few items and drop them locally at a collection place. Then as he started bringing home bags and bags of items and contacted his principal at the elementary school; she helped us organize the food drive there."

McClellan's young sister, Megan, pitched in, too, going through her room to find toys to donate.
  • Brian Dakss

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