A 12-year-old Henry County boy is helping the homeless in his community.
Marlon Miller creates and distributes what he calls “compassion bags” to people living in shelters and on the streets. They’re filled with basic items like soap, toothpaste and deodorant.
The seventh-grader calls his charity “Deuce Hands” to symbolize two hands being better than one.
“I started these things because, when I was little, I used to see homeless people in the street and I wanted to find a way to help them,” Miller said.
After going from door to door asking businesses for donations, Miller created the bags and handed them out. He said he's proud to help the same community where he grew up and where his mother still lives.
“It makes me happy because I know that I'm doing something good,” Miller said.
He was recently rewarded for his charity work receiving a one-thousand-dollar donation as a TruStage Community Spark Award winner. He’s one of 20 young people nationwide to earn the recognition.
Miller said his next goal is to open a Deuce Hands homeless shelter in Henry County.