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
Her efforts through her organization Peyton's Promise also
just won her a big award.
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."
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.
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.
really cool to be able to thank everybody because it's really not me receiving
this award, it's Peyton's Promise," said Medick.
Director for the Neighbor's Place in Wausau
told Newsline 9 the teen's efforts have helped keep the food pantry there
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?
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
1908 Grand Avenue, Wausau, WI 54403
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