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Waterville girls celebrate birthday by collecting donations


Two girls from Waterville, Maine are making national news for their selfless birthday wishes!

When Gabbie and Alice found out that students at their school did not have enough food at home, and that a food pantry had been set up to meet this need, they wanted to get involved. The girls decided that, instead of asking for birthday presents, they would hold a food drive for the School Pantry.

Gabbie and Alice are in second grade at George J. Mitchell School in Waterville, where Good Shepherd Food Bank has partnered with Greater Waterville Food Bank to sponsor a School Pantry. The on-site food pantry is there to serve students and their families who are facing hunger and since the pantry opened in December, they have already served an immense need in the community.

Start-up funding for the George J. Mitchell School Pantry came from the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger. Now, Gabbie and Alice want to make sure the pantry is funded for years to come. In addition to collecting food donations for their birthdays, the girls have started an online fundraiser for the pantry.

The girls have made quite a splash with their ambitious project. You can view the news story that aired on WABI 5 or read about their efforts on The Good News with the Ellen DeGeneres Show blog on Yahoo! Shine.

Also, be sure to visit Gabbie and Alice’s online fundraiser to support their hard work!