Small act of kindness blossoms into huge west-side community event

It started as a simple gesture: Clovis North High School student Freddy Flores wanted to help western Fresno County children who live in a community hit hard by drought and economic challenges.

So Freddy collected books – some from his own collection, some that belonged to his sisters Francis and Faye – and gave them away to 40 students at Cantua Elementary School.

It was a hit. So much so that this year, Freddy, now a junior, received donations from area farmers and businesses and was able to collect around 500 backpacks and 1,000 books for students at Cantua and Tranquillity elementary schools in Golden Plains Unified School District.

He arrived Friday afternoon with the donation, handing out backpacks filled with school supplies during a rally at Tranquillity High.

Then he had to hustle back to Fresno for his Clovis North baseball team’s playoff game.