Gabbie and Alice Turn 8 and Donate

Raised: $40,415.00
Goal: $100,000.00

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Jennifer Cairns Johnson

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Gabbie and Alice are second graders at the George J. Mitchell School in Waterville, Maine. The school, demographically, based on the number of students receiving free or reduced lunch, i... more


Updated posted by Jennifer Cairns Johnson 4 days ago

"Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; therefore we are saved by love." - Reinhold Niebuhr

Today we see our total raised go up to $40,390. This seems to be an excellent time to share some thanks for some behind the scenes people that have made all of this possible.

When Gabbie and Alice told their parents what they wanted to do for their 8th birthdays, it would have been so easy to say, "That's so sweet of you, but this is your special day. Let's worry about that later and celebrate you now. It would have been easy for them to just say "Food can be dropped off at the party" instead of driving all over the place to pick up food collected for them by people unable to attend the party. It would have been easy to not take time off work to take them to interviews and events, to not store three rooms full of food (making parts of their house virtually unusable for weeks!) to not arrange for trucks and helpers to deliver it all to the school in the dead of night so that the girls could have a surprise at school the next morning. Easier still not to use time off from work to fly across the country with their little girls so they could be on the Ellen DeGeneres show and receive the biggest donation we have had so far.

Ann, Paul, Scott and Karen- thank you. There has not been a single time you have chosen to take the easy way, you have stood by your babies and let them take their dream as far as they could. You're all wonderful parents doing such a good job raising such amazing people. I am every bit as thankful to the four of you as I am to your daughters.



Updated posted by Jennifer Cairns Johnson 7 days ago

Gabbie and Alice have now raised $40,245! That is more than TEN YEARS of food available to the children in their community. They have raised enough money that will be feeding our community's children until they are 18 years old... So proud, humbled and thankful all at once.

Here is the link to them on The Ellen DeGeneres Show today... it's pretty awesome.


Updated posted by Jennifer Cairns Johnson 7 days ago

Total is climbing, $20,210 and Gabbie and Alice will be on The Ellen DeGeneres show today. Watch! They are sure to be awesome!

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Created by Jennifer Cairns Johnson on February 15, 2014

Gabbie and Alice are second graders at the George J. Mitchell School in Waterville, Maine. The school, demographically, based on the number of students receiving free or reduced lunch, is one of the poorest in the state. In an effort to prevent evening/weekend/vacation hunger among its students and their families, the school opened a no questions asked food pantry IN the school in 2013. Best friends Gabbie and Alice, knowing the school's dire situation, decided to hold a joint 8th birthday party, in which 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/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 TEN years. And for $100k, Gabbie and Alice would feed needy kids in the school for TWENTY YEARS! With the food pantry funded for twenty years, the school would be able to afford to expand 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 8th 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 little 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. It feeds a families in need. And it will make these girls' 8th birthday party one this community will NEVER forget. Thank you for donating!

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Great job on the Ellen show ladies!

posted by Mark Dearborn 7 days ago

God bless you both. What remarkably thoughtful girls you are. Happy Birthday to you both. I will be watching you on Ellen tomorrow afternoon. Praying you will meet your goal.

posted by Sue Emerson 8 days ago

Gabbie and Alice, I hope you had a Wonderful and Very Happy Birthday!! May all of your dreams and wishes come true. I hope you meet your goal soon, and are able to make a big impact for the "food pantry" and those students that could use its services the most. God Bless you both. Ian

posted by Ian Sullivan 2 months ago

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$40,415 raised by 176 people in 2 months.


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Phyllis Capanna

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Very inspiring, you two! Way to go!



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chao xu

7 days ago


Very generous kids, good luck.



Caryl Horan

7 days ago


What a very big inspiration these two little souls are.



Erik Thomas

7 days ago


We need more people like this in our community. We to go, ladies!


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