Warren teen honored for community service – Macomb Daily

Warren Cousino senior Dylan Soucy was honored July 28 when Warren Mayor James Founds presented him with a certificate of appreciation for his community service.

Soucy built the “blessings box” pantry with his grandfather, Richard Clish, last year because he realized that people in his community were being hit hard by inflation and that many needed help. This year it added a pet pantry to help people who are struggling to get food for their beloved pets. Both are located in the Soucys’ front yard of their Coolidge Avenue home.

“People can’t use their Bridge cards to buy pet food or personal toiletries, so we’re trying to stock those things because people need them now more than ever,” Soucy said.

Dylan Soucy holds the top of the blessing box in place while his grandfather adjusts the hinges. They also built a special pet pantry where people in need can pick up pet food and other pet items. (PHOTO BY SUSAN SMILEY)

He also has a small free library in his front yard that contains books, puzzles and school supplies that he and his grandfather built in 2018.

“Dylan reminded me of all the economic challenges people face today,” Fouts said. “It’s clear that Dylan is a lone fighter against inflation and recession, and Dylan is going to lead the way in what all Americans should be doing, which is volunteering.”

Fouts quoted John F. Kennedy as saying that Soucy is an example of what the former President of the United States meant when he said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.

“It’s nice to see this having a positive impact not just on the community, but on people everywhere,” Soucy said. “We receive donations from as far away as New Hampshire. People open their hearts and give what they can and it’s great to see that there are still nice people who are willing to give what they can to help those in need.

Soucy said this week that two large boxes arrived from online pet store Chewy filled with different types of dog and cat food. The boxes were sent by someone from New Hampshire.

Fouts announced that he will collect groceries, pet food, school supplies and books from his office to donate to food pantries and the Soucy library. Donations can also be dropped off on the porch at 11359 Coolidge Avenue, where the blessing boxes are located.

Kris Soucy, Dylan’s mother, said she and her family are reviewing all donations to ensure no donations have expired and anyone in need of anything is welcome at any time to visit the pantries.

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