Nicholas Cobb is a young person doing something that many people only talk about doing: helping those in need. The Texan resident began collecting toiletries for the homeless and collecting supplies for homeless shelters after seeing a homeless person for the first time when he as 4-years old.

At the age of 12, Nicholas started a foundation called Comfort and Joy to help keep people living on the street warm. So far, Nicholas has donated more than 400 coats to homeless shelters and raised more than $24,000. In 2012, he was honored at the National Make A Difference Day and was awarded a $10,000 contribution to the non-profit of his choice.

This year, Nicholas was named was honored by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a program that pays tribute to young people that demonstrate outstanding acts of  volunteerism and also by Allen High School in Allen, Texas. He was also recognized by the  Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Greater Dallas Chapter and awarded the Youth Philanthropist of the Year distinction.

On what’s next:

After I started the non-profit, Comfort and Joy, the focus became fundraising so I could help more people. Now that the non-profit is up and going successfully, I am starting a for profit corporation as well. In this company we are building video games to help young people learn about how to get into college and how to avoid pitfalls that might keep you from getting there. We are going to sell the games and donate a portion of the profits from the corporation to the non-profit to fund college scholarships for homeless kids and to also to provide interview suits to help people find jobs. The idea is to help people be able to help themselves and get on their feet. Then they can help others like in the movie Pay it Forward.

On where his inspiration comes from:

Well, I am a Christian and as Christians I think we are really only here for two reasons: 1) to worship God and 2) to serve his people. So that is what I try to do. My particular reason for wanting to help the homeless comes from seeing a homeless family living under a bridge when I was very young, maybe about four. I didn’t understand how that could be. So since then I have kinda just wanted to help.

On advice for others that want to purse their dreams:

As long as you are willing to work for it don’t let anything hold you back. Just go for it.

For more about Nicholas or his non-profit organization, Comfort and Joy, visit www.comfortandjoytexas.org.

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