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BARBOURSVILLE - When 6-year-old Davis Creek Elementary School student Abby Roe grows out of her coats and hats - as 6-year-olds eventually do - she makes a trip to the Huntington City Mission to donate them.

But as she went to donate last year's coat in October, it was still too warm for coats, and it made her realize maybe she could donate something else more useful.

So the first-grader went on a mission to raise money for the mission for food supplies.

"I wanted to raise this money because I didn't want any of those kids to ever be hungry again," Abby said.

Abby, with the help of her mother, Christina, raised $900 by selling plush elves the mother-daughter duo customized for Christmas.

"We put a snowflake and the kid's name, the date and another snowflake," Abby explained. "So, I like to play with the designing. When I'm on there, Mommy lets me pick fonts."

Christina Roe said she was blown away by the support from the community.

"I thought we would raise $100," she said. "But $900 exceeded what I ever thought we could do."

The help at the mission is needed. Executive Director Mitch Webb said the mission served a record 10,000 meals in October, and in November he said he expected the trend to continue, estimating they would likely serve 20,000 to 25,000 additional meals than were budgeted.

Abby Roe said when they delivered the check to the mission, they were appreciative and it made her feel good as well.

She said she plans to do something again next year, but she isn't sure what.

Follow reporter Taylor Stuck on Twitter and Facebook @TaylorStuckHD.


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