Wausau 5th grader puts together game boxes to send to jail inmates

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Wausau (WAOW) – 5th grader Zach Martin doesn’t care who you are, or what situation you may be in. He wants every person to feel loved and appreciated.

And a new project he’s behind, reflects it.

Martin is putting together boxes full of games to send to people in jail.

“It makes me feel good because it gives them something to do,” Martin said. “It would be boring not having anything to do.”

Martin says he thought about how hard it would be in jail and thought inmates could use something fun to do.

“These people have feelings too. Most of the time they just made mistakes. They’re not bad guys,” Martin said.

The student from DC Everest Evergreen Elementary school got the idea through the Be Amazing Club.

The club was started after the March 22nd shooting for kids who want to do good things in the community.

Martin’s ability to see the good in people caught the eye of the Wausau Police Chief, Ben Bliven.

“I think it’s an important message for people to remember. That just because someone went to jail doesn’t mean that they’re a bad guy,” Bliven said.

Bliven was so touched, he awarded Martin with the Be One of a Kind Award.

“This is a great example of being kind and being one of a kind and being able to share that with Zach was a great thought,” Bliven said.

A local photographer named Emily Voss started the Be One of a Kind campaign to bring awareness to acts of kindness throughout the community.

Ally Peters

Ally Peters

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