Amisha and Ronak Ghelani collected over 500 boxes of cereal for Common Heart Food Pantries.

INDIAN TRAIL — Nine-year-old twins, Amisha and Ronak Ghelani collected over 500 boxes of cereal for Common Heart Food Pantries.

When the twins noticed the nearly empty cereal shelf at Common Heart’s food pantry in Marshville, they decided to start a collection drive. With help from their parents, they created a flyer to distribute to neighbors and people at school. Their goal was to collect 300 boxes, according to a press release from Common Heart.

“If everyone would do a cereal drive then nobody would be hungry,” Amisha said in the press release. “This will feed a lot of people.”

Referring to food drives, Ronak said in the press release, “It’s not hard. All you have to do is let people know about it.”

Executive Director of Common Heart, Keith Adams responded by saying,“It’s so inspiring to see students — especially some so young — really understand what it means to put ‘love in action.’ They saw a problem and immediately took action to do something about it. We’re so very thankful for their kindness.”

Founded in 2006, Common Heart works to create a “small revolution of kindness” in our community to eradicate food insecurity and eliminate generational poverty. Common Heart’s programs are designed to engage community volunteer action in 3 areas: food pantries, economic empowerment and literacy.

The 501©3 nonprofit with locations in Indian Trail & Marshville, serves under-resourced families and individuals who live in Union County and the surrounding area through 11 food pantry outreaches serving an average 3,000 individuals each month. Our Economic Empowerment programs provide focus groups and resource building programs to move under-resourced families into stability. Common Heart has taken the lead in reviving the adult literacy program in Union County recognizing that basic skills and education are keys to upward mobility.

For information about making a donation, visit www. commonheart.org.