New Haven boy to be honored by state lawmakers for charity efforts in Bridgeport

State and local lawmakers say they plan to recognize Ashton Jefferson, a fifth grader at Betsy Ross Middle School, for an effort he started last year for people in need.

News 12 Staff

Oct 9, 2022, 11:27 AM

Updated 654 days ago

Share:

A 9-year-old boy from New Haven will be honored for a charity effort he created to aid people suffering from homelessness in Bridgeport.
State and local lawmakers say they plan to recognize Ashton Jefferson, a fifth grader at Betsy Ross Middle School, for an effort he started last year for people in need. 
Ashton says he handed out bottled water, fresh fruit and other supplies to people who really appreciated it.
"Snacks and other types of things like gloves, covers and scarves -- and that made me feel very happy,” he says.
Harrietta Bell, his mother, says she is proud of her son. 
“It makes me feel good because this is all on him. It's not something I made him do. This is just from the heart and this is just who he is, and I love it,” she says. 


More from News 12
1:46
Bridgeport police seek public's help identifying person responsible for neglecting dog

Bridgeport police seek public's help identifying person responsible for neglecting dog

1:33
Spotty shower chance today, humidity drops ahead of great weekend weather

Spotty shower chance today, humidity drops ahead of great weekend weather

2:46
Main Street Connecticut: Showcasing the best of Weston

Main Street Connecticut: Showcasing the best of Weston

1:51
Milford community pays tribute to 12-year-old soccer player who died from cancer last month

Milford community pays tribute to 12-year-old soccer player who died from cancer last month

0:24
Connecticut woman found dead hours before she was to be sentenced for killing her husband

Connecticut woman found dead hours before she was to be sentenced for killing her husband

0:41
Biden delivers solemn call to defend democracy as he lays out his reasons for quitting race

Biden delivers solemn call to defend democracy as he lays out his reasons for quitting race

1:33
Avelo Airlines announces expansion at Bradley International Airport

Avelo Airlines announces expansion at Bradley International Airport

0:24
Bridgeport police looking to identify suspects in June robbery

Bridgeport police looking to identify suspects in June robbery

1:58
Police: 2-year-old shot in hand and foot in Monroe

Police: 2-year-old shot in hand and foot in Monroe

0:59
Late Connecticut U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman honored at memorial

Late Connecticut U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman honored at memorial

2:52
The 2024 Olympic Games begin this week. Here's how Stamford is playing a role!

The 2024 Olympic Games begin this week. Here's how Stamford is playing a role!

4:23
Sen. Bob Menendez to resign from office Aug. 20 following corruption conviction

Sen. Bob Menendez to resign from office Aug. 20 following corruption conviction

0:28
Tijuana flavors arrive in Bridgeport with new deli

Tijuana flavors arrive in Bridgeport with new deli

0:51
Connecticut athletes ready to shine at Paris Olympics

Connecticut athletes ready to shine at Paris Olympics

0:30
Stratford welcomes 2 new businesses to Paradise Green

Stratford welcomes 2 new businesses to Paradise Green

2:05
 Overdose deaths in Connecticut spark effort to prevent addicts from relapsing, potentially dying

Overdose deaths in Connecticut spark effort to prevent addicts from relapsing, potentially dying

1:48
'This day is really special.' JFS Greenwich holds back-to-school event for refugee youth

'This day is really special.' JFS Greenwich holds back-to-school event for refugee youth

0:33
Newtown Action Alliance, other gun safety groups endorse Kamala Harris for president

Newtown Action Alliance, other gun safety groups endorse Kamala Harris for president

0:49
Kids Online Safety Act, led by Sen. Blumenthal and other national leaders, moves forward to Congress

Kids Online Safety Act, led by Sen. Blumenthal and other national leaders, moves forward to Congress

1:29
Nonprofit awarded $2M state grant to address menstrual equity

Nonprofit awarded $2M state grant to address menstrual equity