Hidden Hero: Valley boy helps neighbors in need

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by April Warnecke

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Posted on May 13, 2014 at 7:34 AM

Updated Tuesday, May 13 at 7:40 AM

FOUNTAIN HILLS, Ariz. -- An 11-year old in Fountain Hills is making news for making a difference in his community.

Max Hadsall opened Max's Community Closet, a thrift store of sorts to help people in need. It all started when Max was volunteering at a food bank. Something started bothering him.

"I thought if people couldn't afford food, how would they afford anything else that they need?"

It was a question Max's mom, Lisa, couldn't answer. She encouraged Max to talk to Pastor David Iverson from the food bank and they helped him open the store.

It's a unique concept. Everything at the store is donated, like at any thrift shop. But everything is priced very low or not at all. If someone comes to the store and needs something but can't afford it, Max gives it to them.

He says it's not about selling things and making money, it's about helping people. Any profit the shop makes is given to the Extended Hands Food Bank next door.

Iverson runs the food bank and says more people than ever need help right now. He is grateful for Max and his big heart.

Max's Community Closet is open every Friday and Saturday and is located in Fountain Hills at 16548 E. Laser Dr. #5.

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