TYLER, TX (KLTV) - When Zabe Krause learned how many students cannot afford school supplies he decided collect them for to the Smith County organization, People Attempting to Help. His good deed is coming full circle.
Early Thursday morning, the 13-year-old boy dropped of the fruits of his labor.
"I'm proud of it," said Krause.
"It was amazing," said Suann Kologey, Krause's mother. "He collected over 3,000 school supplies."
Krause wants to become an Eagle Scout before he turns 14. The the highest rank of Scouts.
"He works hard," said Kologey. "[He] does great with his school work. Very dedicated. Very proud."
But, in order to reach that goal he has to earn 12 Eagle Merit badges. Now, he can check one more merit off the list.
"It's the right thing to do for the community just because everyone here needs help," said Krause.
He knocked on door after door, collecting supplies throughout his community and donating all of them to PATH's school supply train which will distribute all of the supplies to public schools across Smith County.
"He could have done something else for his project," said Becky Duncan, PATH's community outreach coordinator. "He could have built something. Instead, he is helping contribute to people who need help."
"I think it's a pretty cool program because of the 18,000 just in Smith County that need the school supplies," said Krause. "I mean, that's just us, not anywhere else."
"It's a wonderful idea for a Scout who is working on his Eagle Badge or project to use PATH or any non-profit organization and help other people," said Duncan.
"All of these school supplies are going to all kinds of children down in Whitehouse, Dallas [and] everywhere," said Krause. "It feels pretty good."
Last year's school supply train collected more than 82,000 supplies. Now, despite the recession, and thanks to volunteers like Krause, PATH expects to match that total this year.