Way to go, Maddy! Maddy Tillman, age 8, bought dozens of pairs of shoes, loaded them into boxes, and donated them to COPE for children in need. According to a Douglas County Post Gazette article, Maddy–who will be in third grade–was “Inspired by the shoe drive held at Manchester Elementary School in Elkhorn this past year…”
At her grandparents’ garage sale in Shenandoah, Iowa, this summer, Maddy set up a fundraiser. She donated “a lot of little toys that I never played with . . . pencils, erasers, jewelry that I made, bouncy balls, and stuffed animals” to raise the money to buy the shoes. Plus, “a lot of grown-ups donated money.”
With the money, Maddy and her mom went to the kids’ consignment sales in Elkhorn on half-price day and bought dozens of pairs of shoes. They had four boxes of shoes that weighed 60 pounds! Donating the shoes made Maddy feel happy, and other kids will feel happy, too, when they get the shoes. According to Teri Tillman, COPE was excited to receive the donation just as school is starting soon.
Click here to read the entire “From One Kid to Another” article from the Douglas County Post Gazette.
Maddy has a big heart and is no stranger to good works. Last year she sold Little Debbie snacks to raise money for the kidney walk. She and her mother have talked about different things they can do to help others. Maddy, her brother Isaac, and parents Doug and Teri Tillman are longtime members of Elkhorn Hills United Methodist Church. Maddy’s maternal grandparents, Lyle and Sharon Dike, are also Elkhorn Hills UMC members. Maddy, we are proud of you!
COPE (Christian Outreach Program of Elkhorn) is a non-profit organization run by a partnership of area churches to help those in need with food, clothing, and other assistance. For more information about COPE, donating, volunteering or receiving assistance, call 402-616-2330.