Transcript for This father-and-son duo helps homeless people one meal at a time
because we have a really inspiring young man to introduce you to. He's just 10 years old making a difference in the lives of homeless people one meal at a time. He breaks bread and breaks the ice to reach people who need a little human connection. Hi, my name is chase. Reporter: A little father/son bonding has transformed into a project, a passion, faith and community. Thank you very much, young man. God is going to bless you in many ways. Reporter: At just 4 years old chase Hansen noticed a homeless person on the street and felt an instant need to help so he began passing out hundreds of smoothies to people in need in his town of Salt Lake City. Everybody deserves a good night rest. No matter what their situation is. Reporter: Years later those smoothies turning into meals and eventually strong connections. The change I'm trying to create in the community is connections and uplifting others especially people on the streets. Reporter: Now 10 years old and over 150 meals later, chase started project empathy, a self-funded effort where volunteers not only sit down for a meal with those less fortunate but help them with housing, employment, and even medical expenses. Initially inspired by his love of superheroes to do good chase is now inspiring all those around him becoming a superhero in his own right. And he is here with us this morning. He's always giving help to others so let's give it up for chase, everybody. I'm on top of the world hey I'm on top of the world Oh. Come on. Whoo. Come on. Hey. Standing ovation, this is rare to get a standing ovation here. It really is. Yep. And, chase, you're only 10 which means you've been doing this for over half your life. Project empathy and what makes you want to give back and help people so much. What makes me want to do it is just seeing their reaction. When you donate to a local homeless shelter or something you really don't see their gratitude. You don't see their face. But if you do it in person, you can make a connection. You can make a bond. You can see their gratitude. You know, chase, there are going to be many people that watch this and be inspired by you. What advice would you give to how do they start doing something like you're doing? Well, I would tell anybody who is watching out there to that gets inspired to just start with a smile. A hello. It really just starts with that. Then introduce yourself. Then when you feel comfortable and you've smiled and talked to enough people, you'll feel the power to go out and invite them to a meal and then that's really a good opportunity start connecting with more people and making more friendships. That smile. You have it. Starts with a smile. Yep. You know somebody who was smiling looking up at the monitor watching your story, your daddy, John. Hi, dad. In the front row. Watching you the whole time watching that piece. What does it mean to you that you've raised this young man who at that very young age thought about doing something like this? . He's my hero. Ever since I was little he just wanted to make a difference. I'm so proud of him. Oh, wow and the difference he is making. He is making such a big difference. And you've done so much good and you're only 10. You already got a standing ovation here from the audience. So, chase, what are your hopes for the future. My hopes for the future, my hopes for the future are to spread more connection around our wonderful country and I want -- like I started this in Salt Lake City, Utah, and I feel that I would just want everybody in that county to try it once. And my big dream is for everybody in this country to try it once. They can do it again if they want. You know, I think I speak for everyone. When you grow up could you please run for president? Yes. Well, we have a little surprise for you because we wanted you to continue sharing your meals and this connection with everybody and our friends at Applebee's heard your story and they want to help a little bit too. So they are going to provide 100 meals so that you can continue to make this connection and keep inspiring other people to make connections in their neighborhoods as well and beyond. How appropriate is that because you are doing good in your neighborhood. I love Applebee's. And I know a lot of homeless people that love Applebee's too so -- You know what, chase, we love you and what you stand for, continue to do what you do. It's an honor to have you here.
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