Middle school student Symond Boschetto has helped feed more than 9,000 homeless. The 12-year-old boy founded the non-profit organization Share Hope USA when he was just 8 years old. "I started this because I knew there were people who needed help and I wanted to see what I could do to help them," Boschetto, a native of West Linn, Oregon, told PEOPLE.
Share Hope USA hosts events to feed and raise clothing for the homeless in Los Angeles. It all started one day when Symond saw a homeless man walk down the highway with a sign saying: “I need money to eat. Please help". The boy was moved and wanted to help him.
“I had how, with the help of his father Russell Boschetto, he founded the organization Share Hope USA and began promoting his work on social networks.
"He has always been very generous," his father told PEOPLE. The nonprofit organization also provides services like free haircuts for the homeless and their pets. "We bring food to wherever the homeless are, whether it's under bridges or highways," adds the father.
The entire family - which also includes Symond's mother Yesenia and her 18-year-old sister Hillary - is involved in helping those most in need. The organization is planning an event on December 21, where they will celebrate nine families with children living in a local shelter.