Fifth-grader collects cereal for The Children’s Village


Samuel Johnson, a Peachtree City fifth-grader, collected 117 boxes of cereal for The Children’s Village at Christian City.

The idea for a cereal drive came from his mom’s conversation with Ashley Bonner, director of fund development at Christian City. They were discussing the needs of the kids who live at The Children’s Village, and Samuel overheard.

Looking for something to do during the school break, Samuel created a flyer and asked neighbors, friends and family for donations. His idea was a big hit, and he quickly surpassed his goal of 50 boxes. His mom boosted the effort by posting information about the cereal drive on her Facebook page. In the end, Samuel more than doubled his original goal.

The Johnsons delivered a carload of cereal to Philip Kouns, chief operating officer of The Children’s Village, in early February.

“Support from the community is so important to The Children’s Village. Food alone is a huge expense for us,” said a thankful Kouns. “We love to see families working together on a generous project like this. It’s especially heartwarming to be a witness to kids helping kids.”

For more information about The Children’s Village at Christian City, visit or call 770.703.2636.

In the above photo, brothers Andrew, Samuel and Matthew Johnson deliver the cereal boxes.