Gabbie and Alice Turn 8 and Donate

$41,600 of $100k goal

Raised by 181 people in 31 months
Jennifer Cairns Johnson  WATERVILLE, ME
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!

www.facebook.com/GabbieandAliceTurn8
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Update 55
21 months ago

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 9th birthday, we are now moving forward for their new birthday wish.

Once again the girls are asking not for gifts for themselves, but to have birthdays that will make the world a better place. 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 with two little girls set out to change the world.

http://www.gofundme.com/GabbieandAlice9
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Update 54
22 months ago

Happy Giving Tuesday! How great is a day earmarked for doing good for others? It is so right up our alley! Love it!
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Update 53
23 months ago

An update for all of you who have donated and followed the amazing good that Gabbie and Alice have done.

Tomorrow at the Albert S. Hall School (4th and 5th grade) in Waterville a new food pantry is opening. This will provide access to food to over 200 additional kids in our town. This would not have been possible without each and every one of you. Thank you so very much.

On Tuesday, the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Northern New England presented the girls with the Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy award.

The girls were surprised with a video tribute from some of the special people in their lives. Watch it with tissues, it's beautiful.

Youth in Philanthropy tribute video
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Update 52
25 months ago

Gabbie and Alice made a donation to their local food bank in support of their mission to buy a van. Check them out on the news, and help them if you can!

http://wabi.tv/2014/08/22/waterville-food-bank-needs-help-transporting-food-need/
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Mark Dearborn
29 months ago

Great job on the Ellen show ladies!

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Sue Emerson
29 months 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.

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Ian Sullivan
31 months 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

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$41,600 of $100k goal

Raised by 181 people in 31 months
Created February 15, 2014
Jennifer Cairns Johnson  
$50
Rachel Stover
26 months ago
KA
$100
Kevin and Chanterelle Atkins
29 months ago
MH
$25
Margi Hayes
29 months ago

Way to go, you girls! What a difference you make in your community and in the world. Thank you.

W#
$1,000
Waterville Masons - Lodge #33
29 months ago (Offline Donation)

We believe this to be a worthy cause and hope this will assist you towards that.

ME
$10
Maddy Elmore
29 months ago

Good job! Love, Maddy

EP
$25
Emily Poague
29 months ago
HE
$100
hilary ervin
29 months ago
$10
Anonymous
29 months ago
$25
Anonymous
29 months ago
$10
Phyllis Capanna
29 months ago

Very inspiring, you two! Way to go!

Mark Dearborn
29 months ago

Great job on the Ellen show ladies!

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Sue Emerson
29 months 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.

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Ian Sullivan
31 months 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

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