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11-year-old donates $6,240 to Backpack Buddies of Erath County

Ashley Inge
Pictured from left, JJ Hampton, Kason's mom and local real estate agent; Kason Prince; and Julie Howell, president of Backpack Buddies of Erath County.

Just one month after 9-year-old Paxton Ables donated $1,000 to Backpack Buddies of Erath County from his voice acting work, another young boy has decided to donate his earnings to the nonprofit organization as well.

Kason Prince, an 11-year-old who attends sixth grade at Huckabay ISD, presented a check for $6,240 to Backpack Buddies of Erath County on Tuesday.

The money came from proceeds he raised at a bake sale last weekend at the Johnny Wayne Hampton Memorial Roping in Alvarado.

Kason first became interested in supporting Backpack Buddies when he realized that some children don’t have food readily available on the weekends.

He approached his mother, JJ Hampton – head of her real estate agency JJ Hampton Realty and rodeo hall of famer – and told her he was interested in giving back.

"It's not fair for the people who don't have food,” Kason said. “I want to help the people who don't have food and give them the chance to eat."

At the time, he had $78 of his own money and his mother matched that amount to donate to Backpack Buddies.

But, of course, that wasn’t enough for the young boy, who wanted to do more to help the nonprofit organization.

Hampton helped Kason start a Facebook campaign to raise awareness and money for Backpack Buddies.

For three years now, Kason has helped support the organization, raising funds through Facebook, bake sales and memorial donations – even selling Marty Yates NFR T-shirts.

Since 2017, Kason has donated over $30,000 to Backpack Buddies of Erath County and says he plans to continue to help in any way he can.