She's only 12 years old and small in size, but she has done something huge for her community.
Makenna Breading-Goodrich was incredibly moved after watching a show three years ago about the terrible things that happen when you don't have shelter in the winter. So she pitched an idea to her parents about collecting coats to help the homeless people in her community.
"She said 'I think I can really do something to help,'" her mom, Jennifer Breading-Goodrich said. "Any parent would look at their 9-year-old daughter with pride and tell her they'd be thrilled to help her in any way."
So her parents helped her print out 50 fliers she created and then she posted them up around town. Makenna also went door-to-door, letting neighbors know what she was doing. Two weeks later, she carried around a little red wagon and picked up about 200 coats for a rescue mission.
LOVE:12 yr-old Phoenix girl holds clothing & water drives to help the homeless..read via @Todayshow: https://t.co/s6q7ipI8Aw— St. Vincent de Paul (@SVdP) January 7, 2016
LOVE:12 yr-old Phoenix girl holds clothing & water drives to help the homeless..read via @Todayshow: https://t.co/s6q7ipI8Aw
Every year since then, the outpouring of support has increased. In total, she has collected more than 1,000 coats over these few years, along with some other necessities for the needy.
12-year-old Arizona girl collects 1,000 coats for the homeless https://t.co/RgtkeNWc2o pic.twitter.com/zSLYX14TIN— TIME.com (@TIME) January 1, 2016
12-year-old Arizona girl collects 1,000 coats for the homeless https://t.co/RgtkeNWc2o pic.twitter.com/zSLYX14TIN
Sometimes, it just takes one person to have a wonderful positive impact!