Owens Elementary School student Mallory Myers will most certainly be on the “Nice” list this Christmas. This is because she has saved up money all year long to purchase stuffed animals to give as gifts to ill children in local hospitals. Through her dedication, she was able to use her savings to make 26 bears at Build-A-Bear Workshop in Broadway Square Mall.
“Last Christmas, I got a Build-A-Bear, and for some reason, I thought kids in the hospital today don’t get to have Christmas at home,” Mallory said. “I told my parents I wanted to raise money and give Build-A-Bear to those kids.”
Mallory saved all the money she had been given for various reasons over the year, and raised money also.
“People heard what I was doing and wanted to help,” she said.
While she was in the store building the bears recently, she said she “was so excited thinking about how the kids would be so happy when they get the bears.”
Mallory’s generosity comes as no surprise to her mother and father.
“Mallory has had a giving heart her whole life,” mom, Marcy Myers, said. “When she was three years old, she held an art show and sold enough art to pay for three bunk beds for an orphanage in Uganda. The show was her idea; we just helped make it happen.”
Mallory already has plans to do it all again next year and even has a jump start on her savings thanks to receiving $140 in gift cards back from this year’s purchases at Build-A-Bear.
Mallory is partnering with John Tyler High School students participating in the Chick-fil-A Leadership Academy. Through the Leadership Academy, students are required to create an Impact Project, or service project, during the month of December that is called “Do Good December.” The bears Mallory donated will be put with other items collected by John Tyler students to be given in Christmas Bags to children in local hospitals.
“Mallory is a role model to us and inspired us to do something to help others,” Yelitza Montes de Oca, a senior Chick-fil-a Leadership Academy student, said. “We were all amazed at a girl who would save up her own money to buy all of those bears for other children. She showed us that anyone can give whether donation, raising money, or giving your time. Anyone can make a difference and she is impacting a lot of people with her generosity.”
Mallory and the John Tyler High School students will get together December 15 on the John Tyler campus to add the bears to the Christmas Bags and get them ready for delivery.