Chesapeake teenager asks for donations to Foodbank instead of gifts for his birthday

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Chesapeake, Va. - A Chesapeake teenager with down syndrome is taking action and asking for donations for the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, instead of presents for his 17th birthday.

Cory Breslin's parents say he saw a picture of the empty shelves at the Foodbank and started brainstorming with them on how to get results.

After talking to the owner of Jerry's Restaurant and Lounge in Chesapeake, they decided to host a food drive on Friday from 12:00 to 4:00 at the location on 1102 Sparrow Road.

It's the same days as Cory's birthday, and instead of presents, he's asking for canned food items and donations.

Foodbank employees tell NewsChannel 3 that the summer is when they see the biggest drop in donations. This comes at a time when more families are in need.

"We need them to think about the Foodbank, we need their help," says Marianne Smith Vargas, Chief Philanthropy Officer. "Cory is taking action, he's also taking charge. We want everyone in the community to follow in his footsteps. It's heart melting."

Jerry's Restaurant and Lounge staff say they will also be taking donations throughout the week.

If you cannot make the event, you can donate online using Cory's food drive page.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.