It has been an amazing experience this last year raising money for children facing hunger in our community. With two months until Gabbie and Alice's ninth birthday, we are now moving forward with their new birthday wish.
Once again, the girls are asking not for birthday gifts, but for donations that will make the world a better place. This year, 2015, will be the year of "Gabbie and Alice Turn Nine and Help the Canine"
This year, they are turning their huge hearts to their four-legged friends and helping out the animal shelters in their area.
They are accepting cash donations as well as old blankets and towels, dog and cat food, animal toys, cat litter and cleaning supplies.
Follow us, donate if you can, spread the word and watch the amazing things that happen when two little girls set out to change the world.
Last year, Gabbie and Alice were second graders at the George J. Mitchell School in Waterville, Maine. The school is one of the poorest in the state based on the number of students receiving free or reduced lunch. In an effort to prevent evening, weekend, or vacation hunger among its students and their families, the school opened a no questions asked food pantry at the school in 2013.
Best friends Gabbie and Alice, knowing the school's dire situation, decided to hold a joint eighth birthday party where they asked for donations to the food pantry in lieu of gifts. Their teacher, Mrs. Saulter, was so touched by their plans that she secretly asked the PTO what they could do to make a big deal of these generous, selfless young ladies. PTO President Jennifer Johnson thought what better way to celebrate them than to make their wish come true on the largest possible scale?
The food pantry has operating costs of $5,000 per year. Raising $5k would mean Gabbie and Alice made sure families in need were fed for an entire year. Raising $50k would feed this town in need for 10 years. And for $100k, Gabbie and Alice would feed needy children in the school for 20 years! With the food pantry funded for twenty years, the school would be able to expand the pantry to include fourth and fifth graders—a much needed expansion for this small town. So please, won't you help us celebrate Gabbie and Alice's eighth birthdays by making their wildest dreams come true?
What they want more than anything is for their classmates and their families to be taken care of. Every single donation helps and encourages not only these girls, but others that come after them, to embrace the spirit of community and generosity. It sends the message that even kids can make a difference in the world.