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Birthday presents for food bank

By: By Jessica Patterson

  |  Posted: Thursday, Mar 20, 2014 01:28 pm

Seven-year-old Kazziah McFadden poses with the food donations she asked for, for her birthday this year.
Seven-year-old Kazziah McFadden poses with the food donations she asked for, for her birthday this year.
PHOTO COURTESY AIRDRIE FOODBANK

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She might only be seven years old, but Kazziah McFadden has a big heart. For her birthday this year, the Crossfield resident asked for food donations instead of presents and donated it all to the Airdrie Food Bank.

McFadden’s birthday party was held at Lil Dragon’s at the Airdrie Martial Arts Centre.

“I asked for food for the food bank,” McFadden said. “Because I’m lucky and they’re not.”

McFadden’s mother, Koreena, said she and her husband have taught their children that there are people less fortunate than them, and that giving back to the community is important.

“So, last year we gave her some ideas for her birthday,” she said. “I think it’s important in the community. Kazziah knows there are families who don’t have as much as others.”

Last year, there was a blizzard on McFadden’s birthday, so not as many people showed up, but those who did brought a lot of food donations. This year, she wanted to do it again, because she enjoyed the experience so much last year.

“I felt really glad, and happy,” said Kazziah. “I’m glad I could do this for other people.”

Sue Methuen, the executive assistant at the Airdrie Food Bank, said McFadden donated 120 pounds of food, equivalent of 20 grocery bags.

“Kazziah is an inspiration for adults,” Methuen said. “It’s so generous to think of the food bank, when lots of kids are looking for toys on their birthdays.”

The Airdrie Food Bank serves Airdrie, Crossfield, Balzac, Beiseker, Madden, and the surrounding area. Hundreds of people visit the Airdrie Food Bank every month of the year.

“We serve anyone who is struggling and needs a helping hand,” Methuen said. “We have people who come for hampers, or for bread and extras.”

A lot of kids donate food to the food bank for their birthdays, Methuen said. It’s a trend that’s growing in Airdrie, with at least a dozen children donating bags of food last year.

“We have schools that come in all the time, doing lots of good stuff for us. Every month of the year, there’s food donations coming in from different schools,” Methuen said. “Kids are amazing, they are so inspirational.”

McFadden ‘s birthday may be over for this year, but she’s probably going to ask for food bank donations again next year.

“We hope others will be inspired to do good,” Koreena said. “She’s a little girl but she has a big heart.”


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