UPDATE: Milo’s hike was a success! He reached just shy of the summit and raised more than $1,300 for local students.
The last thing on a child’s mind should be where their next meal is coming from.
Sadly, it’s a reality for hundreds, if not thousands of kids in Central Oregon.
But a local 5-year-old is hoping to make a difference.
Milo Edens is a little guy has a big goal – he wants to hike South Sister for a good cause
“I though it was crazy when I heard about kids that didn’t have food, and I wanted to help them,” Milo said.
Milo, a student at Highland Elementary, is hiking for hunger this weekend and and trying to raise money for Backpacks for Bend.
Through The Giving Plate, Backpacks for Bend provides 470 kids in the Bend-La Pine school district with food on the weekend to ensure none of them go hungry.
Milo has been collecting pledges for every 1,000 vertical feet he climbs this weekend. Alongside his dad Brent.
“I usually hike with my family because I’m not old enough to hike by myself,” he said.
Milo will start his charity hike Saturday morning at the Devils Lake Trailhead, located at 5,400 feet on the Cascade Lakes Highway.
Over two to three days, he will hike 5,000 feet to the summit of South Sister. At just over 10,300-feet, it’s Oregon’s third tallest peak.
And raising money won’t be his only favorite part of the trip.
“My favorite part of hiking is nature, and exploring nature, but mostly nature,” he said.
Between donations and pledge, Milo has raised about $1,000 so far. All of which he will donate to Backpacks for Bend.
If you’d like to donate, visit https://www.gofundme.com/thegivingplatebend