Madison Jackson, a 6-year-old attending Yates Primary School, has raised $100 for the program, with plans to donate more in the future.
The Sack Pack program partners with teachers to slip decorated “sacks” of food into the backpacks of students who would otherwise go hungry over the weekend. The program is in three Bradley County Schools with hopes to expand to other schools where there is a need.
Madison first heard about the program at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church during Sunday morning announcements.
“When we came home from church that day she told me she knew we were saving a lot of money to go to Disney World. She told me that we needed to go to the bank and get all that money out and instead give it to The Caring Place,” Madison’s mom Heather said. “ I told her that instead of doing that I would help her raise some money because we had already paid Disney.”
Madison said she and Heather Jackson raised the money by making bracelets, necklaces and anklets. Each was sold for $5 to raise money for the program. Madison sold them to family and friends.
Reba Terry, executive director for The Caring Place, had no idea about the Jacksons’ efforts until they dropped by to make the donation. James Jackson, Madison’s father, said it was “a touching moment” because the family was able to meet some of the people The Caring Place serves.
“She’s vey kind-hearted,” James Jackson said. “We’re very proud of her.”
Originally, the first-grader set a goal of raising $50.
“Once she raised that, she was like, ‘We might as well go for $100,’” Heather Jackson said.
Now, the Jacksons are partnering with local businessess. Gobble’s Automotive and Cooke’s Pharmacy have agreed to sell the jewelry to help raise additional funds.