LAFAYETTE – Oliver Perry has spent a third of his life donating his time and efforts to giving back to the community.
Since 2016 the ambitious nine year old, with the help of his parents, has raised money and worked with restaurants to provide food to first responders on 9/11.
“It’s kind of an exhaustive effort,” says Lindsay Perry, Oliver’s mother, “Now Oliver does make the contacts. He does talk to the people in the restaurant and tell them what he’s doing. So he does his share of the work.”
Oliver is still too young to fully understand the magnitude of September 11th, 2001.
Says his mother, “We focused on the people who were the heroes of the day and the people who ran into the burning buildings when everybody else was running away.”
But he still sacrifices his time to honor those who often sacrifice everything.
“We found that taking that avenue of talking to him about the heroes that it was a little bit easier to still teach him our history and talk about the day that not only changed our nation but our world,” adds Lindsay Perry.
Starting with just a lemonade stand, Oliver is now able to feed 14 fire departments in lafayette, as well as police officers on patrol and the sheriff’s department.
“It speaks well of him. He’s worldly for sure,” says Assistant Fire Chief Keith Clause
According to Oliver’s mother, “He has lots of aspirations. He talks about doing things all the time and we try to support him as much as we can.”
Some of his goals…
“I wanna go to naval academy, then come out as a second lieutenant, says the nine year old philanthropist, “I might be deployed in Afghanistan for about a couple of years. Then I want to be a drill instructor in the marine corp … And then run for president…after about twenty years.”
Based off his already incredible track record for public service, it wouldn’t be wise to bet against Oliver Perry.