Hickory 10-year-old recognized on NBC’s Little Big Shots


HICKORY, N.C. — For Brayden Frasure, his dream in life is to get a food truck to help feed those experiencing homelessness.

The Hickory 10-year-old wants to name it Little Red’s Wagon, at least in part inspired by his bright red hair. His main course: potato soup, just like his mom makes. 

Bill Bracken, who founded Bracken’s Kitchen, does just that — right down to a big red food truck. The organization works to serve hot meals to those in need. 

Bracken met with Brayden in California, as part of NBC’s Little Big Shots, to show him what the future could have in store. 

Brayden’s mom, Nichole Frasure, says Brayden is an actor, so he’s used to going to Los Angeles. But the opportunity to be on NBC’s Little Big Shots was different.

Brayden said his dream started when his family saw a homeless woman who asked for spare change. Since they didn’t have any, they went and bought her a sandwich.

“It was really nice and it made me happy that I got to feed homeless people,” Brayden told WCNC Charlotte.

The two prepared potato soup and grilled ham and cheese sandwiches together, then brought the batch to a woman’s shelter in a red food truck. 

Brayden said the experience made him want to reach his dream even more. 

Little Big Shots host Melissa McCarthy also brought out Kristen Bell to meet Brayden. They donated $5,000 to Brayden, and $5,000 to Bracken’s Kitchen. If you want to help Brayden, he’s raising money on his website.

“My heart opened up and a pitcher of joy just poured right in,” Brayden said while serving food to others with Little Big Shots. 

Brayden says giving back to others is more important than any gift he could receive. He says those who give “have a greater reward in heaven.”

He encourages people to help others as often as possible.

“Just acknowledging a person’s presence will make them feel happy,” Brayden told WCNC Charlotte. “If you see a homeless person don’t just give them money. Say, ‘Hold up a sec,’ and maybe go to a drive-through — I like to go get donuts — and go give them the food.”

Brayden has known he’s wanted to open a food truck for five years now — since he was 5 years old. 

“I’m looking forward to get all around North Carolina, feed homeless people all around North Carolina, then feed South Carolina and from there on,” Brayden told WCNC Charlotte.

He’s starting with a hot dog cart and saving up money. He’s been saving the money he’s gotten from acting jobs, and hopes by the time he’s 16 in six years he can buy a food truck. 

“I want it to be six years,” he said. “Because then I can drive it.”


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