Polk teens catch ‘Love Bug’ and spread compassion

POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – It’s a Christmas wish that started three months ago. Two Polk County teenagers wanted to make a difference this holiday for people who’ve landed on hard times.

It became a reality Wednesday when six Polk County families gathered with Melvin Vigo, Jamilette Torres and their friends to receive gifts the teens had raised money to buy.

“They’ve been very helpful,” mother of four Cansas Sheick said, fighting tears.

Their videos, their posts, and their actions speak volumes about the character of two teenagers who wanted to share kindness in their community.

Wednesday’s giveaway was the latest work of The Love Bug Project” – a kindness campaign created by Vigo and carried through with the help of his best friend Jamilette.

The bug they caught is spreading to their peers, who sold T-shirts to raise money so that six Polk County families would experience the kind of joy every child deserves.

“I’m just happy grateful and thankful,” a caregiver said.

The teens took to Facebook and Instagram to find families that could use a boost this Christmas. “We lost our home,” Sheick said.

The stories that came in gave the teens more energy to make this happen. After spending countless hours raising money, shopping and wrapping gifts over the past three months, the big finale for the love buggers was watching their plan follow through on Wednesday.

This was their beginning and they’re too hooked on giving to let it end. “I hope this continues for years and years to come,” Torres said.

The teens also got a lot of support from civic clubs at area high schools.

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