GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WJZ) — An 8-year-old Maryland boy was honored with a governor’s citation for his work to help those in need during the coronavirus pandemic and his anti-bullying campaign.
Cavanaugh Bell, of Gaithersburg, has gotten national attention for his charitable efforts during the pandemic, including the founding of his own food bank.READ MORE: Shootout Between Cars Speeding In Hampden Rattles Otherwise Quiet Neighborhood
Gov. Larry Hogan recently video conferenced with Bell to surprise him with the honor.
“From the beginning of this pandemic, I have been talking about what it is like to be Maryland Strong, and I can’t think of anybody that is a better example,” said Governor Hogan. “Everything you have done to combat bullying, to spread positivity, and to what you have done to provide food and essentials to communities in need, it is really very special.”
After experiencing bullying himself at the age of five, Bell launched an anti-bullying campaign in Jan. 2019.READ MORE: Former Baltimore Homicide Prosecutor Faces 88 Charges For Using Privileges To Stalk, Harass & Extort
He founded a nonprofit called “Cool and Dope” — an acronym for “considering others’ obstacles in life and dish out positive energy.” It’s mission is to end bullying worldwide by 2030.
Cavanaugh spent his own savings to make care packages with toiletries and groceries for seniors in his community at the start of the pandemic.
Bell and his mother opened a food pantry called “Love is Greater than COVID-19.”
To date, he’s provided more than 10,000 people with food and critical COVID-19 supplies. He’s expanded his efforts beyond Maryland to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
I recently had the privilege of meeting Cavanaugh Bell, an incredible young Marylander whose charity work and anti-bullying activism have gained national recognition. Through his nonprofit @cooldopeliving, he’s on a mission to spread positivity and make the world a better place. pic.twitter.com/OdYaS5u5zi
— Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) February 15, 2021
Cavanaugh said when he grows up he wants to be a lawmaker or a judge.Police Identify Baltimore Officer Who Killed Barbershop Shooting Suspect