A Temple High School student has found a way to help his classmates who can’t afford some of the bare essentials, and now he’s looking for someone to pick up the job after he walks off the stage.
Whether it’s deodorant, toothpaste, shower gel,or shampoo, 19-year-old senior Tyler Fishbourne is willing to give the mostly donated items away at no charge.
“This is the best way of what I figured to be able to help other people,” Fishbourne said.
He has been running the Wildcat Pantry since the start of his last semester at Temple High School to provide relief for students in need.
“Basically for poor kids who feel embarrassed to go to their parents and ask for these items, because they don’t think their parents are going to get it for them, or their parents don’t have enough money to get the items,” Fishbourne said.
Art teacher Stephen Bishop says he was more than willing to help get the project started, clearing shelves of the shed outside of his classroom to store the items.
“He came to me and said ‘This is what I want to do. I want to leave a legacy.’ Tyler’s got a servant’s heart. That’s just who he is. He’s very kind and helpful. Whether it’s to students or to teachers. He’s just a good kid. So it didn’t really surprise me when he asked,” Bishop said.
Now he’s looking to pass the torch before graduation in June.
“I’m hoping someone will come in an take over the project, keep it going, continue the legacy I’ve started here,” Fishbourne said.
Tyler also suffers from Type 1 Diabetes, yet he says the diagnosis is what drives him to help others in need.