Tucson 11-year-old collected more than 8,000 items to give back to community

Helping Utterback Middle School during COVID-19
Posted at 6:41 AM, Apr 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-01 17:25:54-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — A 11-year-old is helping give back to the Tucson community by helping donate supplies to schools in the Tucson Unified School District.

Mason Dorsett is a Sixth grader from Wilson Middle School. His mom, Sylvie Jovet-Dorsett, said he over heard a conversation his parents were having about underprivileged communities and got curious.

"He came and asked me several questions about it and it opened up a huge conversation about privileged and underprivileged communities," Jovet-Dorsett said. " He said, "mom, we have to do something now."

Mason than hopped on his computer and started looking for ways to help.

“He spent five hours that day. He sent emails out to principals of schools in our area," Jovet-Dorsett said.

That's when he got in contact with the Outreach Director at Utterback Middle School. When she got Mason's email about wanting to donate supplies to the school, she didn't believe it was real.

"He has helped us to really stock our pantry in like this incredible way," Principal of Utterback Middle School Taranika Sanders said. "He's legitimately stands outside of different stores and petitions for those who have less than him.”

When Mason first went to Utterback Middle School to donate supplies, he got to meet some students.

"I remember driving away and him looking at me and saying ‘we take so much for granted," Jovet-Dorsett said.

To help Mason, you can reach out to or donate to his Amazon Wishlist.