JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - A local teenager will be named the nation's Military Child of the Year Thursday.
13-year-old Jaxson Jordan from Jacksonville will receive the 2019 Marine Corp's Military Child of the Year award in Washington, D.C alongside six other teenagers.
Jordan is dyslexic and visually impaired. He suffers mobility issues and organ damage from several autoimmune diseases, but he doesn't let his disabilities stop him.
At five years old, he began working with the Arthritis Foundation by organizing food drives at local soup kitchens, food banks and the Ronald McDonald House.
When Hurricane Florence and Tropical Storm Michael hit our state last year, Jordan organized a supply drive at his sisters school with the help of local businesses.
This is the 11th year the award has been given out. It's meant to reflect the positive impact that young people have made on their military families, schools and communities.