REDDING, Calif. - A group of volunteers is helping a Redding boy on his mission to honor veterans.
Members from the Redding Breakfast Lions Club have dedicated the last two weeks to building a storage shed to give 12-year-old Preston Sharp some much-needed storage space for his supplies.
“So the Breakfast Lions Club is building my shed to hold my flags and flowers that I honor veterans with,” Sharp said.
Preston Flags and Flowers project has grown quite a bit in the two years since he started it.
So much that he's running out of room in his garage to store the supplies he needs to do the job.
The Redding Breakfast Lions Club, which is made up of mostly veterans, has helped sponsor Preston since he first started his campaign to honor veterans.
So when they heard he needed more space to store his supplies, they jumped up at the chance to help.
“We want to have him have a place of his own that he can put all of his product and know where they are and be able to inventory it easily and know where he is and what he needs to go forward with it,” Lion’s club member Mike Robinson said.
Preston says he currently has about a thousand flowers and a couple of hundred flags in his garage.
So having the extra space will be a big help.
But it's not just the flags and flowers he needs space for.
“So it's not only that we honor the veterans with a flag and a flower, we also clean the gravesite if it needs to be cleaned,” Preston said. “So we have like a lot of cleaning supplies so we can put those in the shed and the flags and flowers in the shed. And it won't make our garage full anymore.”
All the materials to build the shed were donated from local businesses.
And all the members from the Lions Club are doing the project in their spare time.
“It makes me feel good because I'm not only honoring veterans with a flag and flower, I'm telling people about it and trying to get them to do it whenever they want to,” Preston said. “I feel really good about it because I'm getting more people to do it.”
Volunteers expect to finish the shed in about a week.
First Lady Melania Trump has offered to donate the proceeds of an upcoming charity dinner to Preston's cause.
And he says he just may need that extra space to store the flags and flowers he buys with that donation.