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Weston teen continues to make a difference

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It's been six years since 15-year-old Peyton Medick held her first food drive. Now a ninth grader, she continues to make a difference in central Wisconsin.

Her efforts through her organization Peyton's Promise also just won her a big award.

"It's amazing the impact a person can make with just one or two cans of food," said Medick. "We have collected over 90 tons of food and thirty thousand dollars over the past six years."

She started Peyton's Promise when she was just eight-years-old. It's committed to gathering food donations for food pantries.

"I had no idea people were going to bed hungry," she said.

Peyton has received dozens of awards for her efforts. The latest: a state Prudential Spirit of Community award.

She traveled to Washington, D.C. to accept it along with $1,000 for her organization.

"It was really cool to be able to thank everybody because it's really not me receiving this award, it's Peyton's Promise," said Medick.

The Executive Director for the Neighbor's Place in Wausau told Newsline 9 the teen's efforts have helped keep the food pantry there stocked.

"Peyton keeps right on marching along with her program and she's had a very big impact in pantries around Marathon County," said Tom Rau.

Peyton said she's happy to give back, but volunteering takes a lot of time, especially for a teenager. Doesn't she ever want to take time for other activities?

"Kids who play basketball, baseball, those kind of things. This is what I do. This is my passion," she said.

Peyton said she plans to continue collecting food donations and she wants to help inspire kids to give back, just like she has.

For more information about Peyton's Promise or to find a drop-off location for non-perishable food items, click here: http://www.peytonspromise.org/index.html

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