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The Duffle Bag Princess

It's not everyday a 10 year-old bag lady is proud to live up to her name. When Makenzie Snyder from Bowie, Maryland heard how foster kids moved from one home to another carrying whatever they owned in trash bags she wanted to do something. The next day she started Children-to-Children by calling her friends and asking for suitcase donations. Since then, Makenzie has donated hundreds of bags to foster children, usually putting a small stuffed animal inside which she also collects. "I like to do this because these kids need me. Without me, they wouldn't have any bags," said Makenzie.

She carefully packs each bag with a stuffed animal and includes a note that says: "God told me you could use a duffel bag and a cuddly friend. So I send this with love to you." Last year she received a $15,000 grant to buy more bags and stuffed animals from the Freddie Mac Foundation, which is dedicated to brightening up the future of children, youth and families at risk.

"Makenzie is a real life angel and role model for all of us. Helping her reach even more young people through her very special program is exciting for us. I'm proud to be her partner in working to brighten the future for children," explained Maxine B. Baker, executive director of the Freddie Mac Foundation.

Check out Mackenzie's site Children to Children.

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    Kirsteeeeen
    Kirsteeeeen posted in Friends:
    I hope you don't mind that I moved this to friends, but I thought it'd be more fitting since your question seems mainly friendship based. :) Do you mind being younger than your classmates? Do you feel it inhibits your school experience? I think you should do what feels best to you, whether that be staying behind because friendship has a big impact, or continuing ahead if you prioritize academic growth. Only you know what's right for you. :p If it's any help, I left high school early and went to college. I was already used to being the youngest in my class so it wasn't a huge jump socially, and I found a lot of friends of all ages. :D With that being said, I do still miss being with people my age but it's too late to go back and I wouldn't trade my experience for the world.
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    YassenGregorovich
    I'm 13 and will be going on to 9th grade. I skipped kindergarted  :p and 5th grade. So I'm a lot younger then most of my classmates will be. I'm thinking of repeating 8th grade so I will be more of the same age as the other people in my class. But I'm not sure if I should because I got a B+ or A- average in 8th grade. I need some advice on this. Sorry if this is the wrong section for this I just thought general was the right place. Thanks!  :D
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    aftershock
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    CoolerThanMyself
    I'm a 12 year old girl with really strict parents! I do chores( even handling BLEACH sometimes) , I take care of my little brother, I'm in top set for all my classes- even on the gifted and talented register and I've only ever had 1 detention- and that was their fault anyway bc I was late( they drive). But, I'm still NEVER allowed out with my friends! My friends are all in top sets as well, are well behaved and all we literally would do is window shopping. I mean, there are my age smoking shisha and doing #####- they should be lucky I'm not a delinquent! But my parents always say I can't hang out. Not because they're worried about my safety, they just dont want me to go out.! Even sleepovers, my parents always say no because they ' haven't met the parents" but they make NO effort to do so. I'm losing out on knowing my friends better and whilst they're all making best friends, at school I'm just the person in the background- the left out friend. It hurts and most of the time I wish I was fostered or something. How can I make them loosen up? ( don't say anything about sneaking out because I chose life)
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    Corps
    Corps posted in Style:
    Thank You Mate :)
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