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Local child’s birthday wish aims to help others

By Kimberly Jordan kjordan@lebanondemocrat.com • Dec 17, 2015 at 5:57 PM

A 9-year-old girl has decided that she wants to help others with her birthday presents this year.

Madison Smith, a fourth grade student in Mrs. Jennings class at Tuckers Crossroads School, turns 10 on Feb. 26, and instead of treating herself with presents, she is asking for donations so that she can give gifts to local charities. Her mother, Bambi Smith, said Madison came to her in October to tell her what she wanted for her birthday this year, and mom was a little apprehensive.

“Last year she asked for a Disney cruise,” Bambi said. “When she told me about her idea I asked, ‘Are you sure?’”

Madison’s goal is to raise $1,000 for her 10th birthday to give to charity. Her mother said Madison has already chosen four charities to divide the money among. Her picks are Brooks House and New Leash on Life in Lebanon, breast cancer research and the Nashville Rescue Mission.

“I see homeless people and animals that are looking for a shelter and can tell they don’t have everything they need,” Madison said when asked why she decided to undertake her project.

“She came up with this all on her own,” Bambi said. “She’s a very giving, servant-minded little girl.”

In addition to participating in the Girl Scouts, Madison also volunteers locally. Her mother said Madison frequently visits the nursing home facilities where Bambi works and does activities with the residents.

“She’s always looking for volunteer opportunities,” Bambi said. “I have always told her, ‘When you see something you don’t like, do something to change it.’”

So far, Madison’s efforts have netted $450. She has created a Madison’s Wish page on Facebook with information on her efforts.

“I’m just trying to make a difference in the world because its the right thing to do,” Madison said.

Anyone wishing to donate to Madison’s Wish can do so by mailing a check to P.O. Box 184, Watertown TN 37184. Bambi said checks can be made payable to Madison Smith or to Madison’s Wish.

“We have set up a bank account, and all donations will go into that. At the end of the time period, they will empty the account and distribute the money to the charities,” Bambi said.

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