Jefferson Awards Profile: Jack Pharaoh
Jack Pharaoh isn’t an average 13 year old. He runs Jack’s Box, a Greybull nonprofit. He started it when he was nine. In addition to Greybull, it mainly serves people in Worland and Basin.
“When we went to a city I’d see a lot of people out on streets that wouldn't have homes or food or anything. All they’d have was a box that was saying like ‘help,’ ‘god bless you,’ stuff like that, and I wanted to help,” Jack said.
He then decided to start buying food and putting it in a box. Anyone who needed it could stop by and grab it, no questions asked.
“It gives you kind of a warm feeling inside because you know that you helped them and it’s always nice because they’re always so generous and everything and you make them feel good,” he said.
Jack raises money by running a concession stand at local events each summer. He said it usually raises more than $5,000 annually.
“See all that money and knowing that none of its for me, there’s a part of me that wishes, ‘Man, if I had all that money, I could buy stuff like this, I could buy that, I could buy that,’ but I know I can’t do that so I help other people and that makes me feel even better,” Jack said.
It also teams up with the Elk’s Club to fundraise.
Jack also said Jack’s Box wouldn’t be possible without help from his family. His mom, Misty Pharaoh, takes him shopping and helps him pick out items to give away. She, however, takes great joy in seeing her son help others.
“Extreme pride. He works really hard and I personally have learned so much from his heart,” she said.
Jack’s Box has expanded its duties since it started. It now buys clothing and christmas gifts for families in need.
It helps about 100 families each year.