Hannibal boy has a drive to help others

Robert Wealer, 10, of Hannibal is trying to collect 6500 food items for the Salvation Army this holiday season.

A Hannibal boy needs your help to help make the holidays brighter for those in need.

This week's Spirit of the Tri-States report brought to you by Continental Cement and Green America takes a closer look one boy's drive to provide food for northeast Missouri residents.

Robert Wealer, 10, is now undergoing his third year of collecting canned food, this time for the Salvation Army.

This year, he's trying to collect 6500 food items by Christmas Eve. The Mark Twain Dinette, TCBY and McDonald's in Hannibal have graciously agreed to serve as drop-off locations for donations.

Robert has already collected more than 3000 food items and collected more than $500 in cash.

This marks Robert's third food drive.

His first drive happened about 2 1/2 years ago when he collected more than 5,000 food items for Douglas Community Services.

Compassion, kindness and good will toward other people are what drives him to do it year after year.

If you'd like to help Robert reach his goal,, you can donate to his PayPal account or log onto his Facebook page..

You also can drop off items at the Mark Twain Dinette, TCBY and McDonald's in Hannibal.

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