Parents often find it hard to teach their kids about the importance of giving to others, and not necessarily just people. One little girl put some needy animals in front of herself.
Do you remember turning seven years old?? you probably had a party with cake and lots of the latest toys and cool stuff. One Texoma girl decided she didn't need any presents. She wanted to help something else out.
Macie Downs is like any other 7-year old at first glance.
She goes to school to learn. She loves animals. For Macie's 7th birthday celebration she decided to do something different.
"She decided she didn't want any presents," says her Dad Clint Downs. "Most kids like presents, but she didn't want any presents and she got all the donations for the animals and got it all in a pile and it was a lot we didn't really expect for what we got."
Macie had a party. She asked her friends to bring gifts not for her, but for the animals at the Wichita County Humane Society.
"I can't say I was shocked, but I was a little worried towards the party," said Macie's Mom Jodi Downs. "I thought she would be worried about presents, but she was good. We had to explain to her what it meant and she was okay with it."
After her party, Macie and her family delivered "the birthday loot".
I sat down with the 7-year old, to hear for myself, just why she choose to help dogs and cats instead of getting presents for herself.
"I already have enough toys, and I don't even have like anything to give to the dogs or cats or nothing," said Macie.
When Macie delivered her presents for the four legged friends, she got to see the smiles and tail wags of what she had unselfishly brought.
She told us that made her happy.
Now Macie and her parents are hoping she can serve as an example for other kids to follow.
"There are a lot of kids out there that kind of look past animals. They don't really take care of animals like they should," said Macie's Dad Clint. "Our house has always been a animal loving house, and we've got numerous animals at all times so she's always been an animal lover."
"I am very proud of her. It's very big girl. A very big step," Said Macie's Mom Jodi.
As you can tell, Macie's parents are pretty proud. They have every right to be. She is a wonderful young lady who we hope will continue with her community service mindset. She is also a great example of how you don't have to be all grown up to make a difference in your community and become a Newschannel 6 Community Service Champion.
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