Josie Parker spent much of the spring and summer ding-dong-ditching her neighbors. Parker and her mom would travel throughout Cohoes, anonymously dropping off personalized packages of goodies.

She was dubbed the “quarantine fairy” and ended up visiting more than 200 homes. With her 11th birthday on the horizon, Parker has decided to put her energy toward a new project: a birthday food drive.

What You Need To Know

  • Josie Parker, 10, spent the summer anonymously dropping off personalized gift bags

  • For her birthday, she's collecting canned food for the Connect Center for Youth Backpack Program

  • The Connect Center feeds close to 40 families each weekend

Instead of having a traditional birthday party, Josie is doing the drive instead. All donations benefit the Connect Center for Youth Backpack Program.

“People get their food from their school and stuff, and they don’t have food on the weekend,” says Parker.

Ben Williams, the executive director of the Connect Center, says the program feeds close to 40 families every weekend.

“What an incredible story, one incredible human changing the world, starting with her own community,” says Williams.

The food drive concludes Saturday, March 6. People are encouraged to bring canned goods to the parking lot on the corner of North Mohawk and Mohawk streets in Cohoes at 12:20 p.m. From there, they will have a parade to the Connect Center.