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Student gives food to feed families

December 16, 2011

Wapakoneta Elementary School first-grader Macy Schmelzer places a canned good item into the Christmas Cheer program barrel at the school. She used her prize money from a contest at the library to buy food for families in need.

After winning a monetary prize through the local library, the only thing on a 7-year-old’s mind was to use the winnings to help needy families have a nice Christmas meal.
Wapakoneta Elementary School first-grader Macy Schmelzer took prize money she won for placing second at the Auglaize County District Public Library, for a gingerbread house she made for an annual holiday contest, and bought canned goods to donate to the school’s food drive for the Christmas Cheer Program.
“My grandma (Sherry Tousley) said that there are a lot of kids out there without food and water,” Macy said. “And I said, ‘Really?’ That’s when I knew I was gonna buy food.”
The daughter of Lisa and Erick Schmelzer said that even before she won, she knew exactly what she was going to do with any kind of prize money she received.
So the softly curled, strawberry blonde-haired student told her parents she wanted to donate all of her prize money to buy food, so everyone in the world could have food and a nice Christmas meal this holiday season.
“I bought 61 cans for the food drive at school and they all were 50 cents at Wal-Mart,” Macy said, “and my mom got some free with coupons that I donated.”
The food drive that Schmelzer contributed to was the local Christmas Cheer Program, hosted by the Wapakoneta Fire Department, for which a red barrel was located at the school last week for the students to drop off donations.
“I brought all of my canned food to school, and they were mainly vegetables,” Macy said, of the type of canned foods she picked out.
Macy is in Nikki Sutton’s class, and each class at the school had a contest to see who could bring in the most canned goods for this drive, and although Macy’s class did not finish
in first place, she did contribute 61 of her classroom’s 71 items.
“It wasn’t about being the top class,” Sutton said. “It was about buying food for people in need. I was astounded to hear the generosity of this little girl.”
When asked how Macy felt after donating the food items, she said it make her feel very good.
Macy explained that she won the money by designing a gingerbread house with her sister, Ragen and grandmother, Wendy Schmelzer.
“It was super big,” Macy said of the house she made. “On one side, the roof had green and red M&Ms and Skittles, and the other side had all kinds of colors.”
Macy noted that they did not use the M&Ms with the peanuts in them, but they used the plain M&Ms to adorn the house.
“And we put snow on it with white icing.”
Macy said they started the process of making the gingerbread house one day and it took them until the next evening to finish it up.
“It was the biggest house there,” Macy said, of her house compared to the rest on display at the Auglaize County District Public Library.
Each year, the library holds a gingerbread making contest, and displays them during the holiday season, giving out cash prizes to the top designers.
Macy’s house won $25 in cash, but she had to split the sum with her younger sister who helped in its construction.By CARLA MEYER
Staff Writer
After winning a monetary prize through the local library, the only thing on a 7-year-old’s mind was to use the winnings to help needy families have a nice Christmas meal.
Wapakoneta Elementary School first-grader Macy Schmelzer took prize money she won for placing second at the Auglaize County District Public Library, for a gingerbread house she made for an annual holiday contest, and bought canned goods to donate to the school’s food drive for the Christmas Cheer Program.
“My grandma (Sherry Tousley) said that there are a lot of kids out there without food and water,” Macy said. “And I said, ‘Really?’ That’s when I knew I was gonna buy food.”
The daughter of Lisa and Erick Schmelzer said that even before she won, she knew exactly what she was going to do with any kind of prize money she received.
So the softly curled, strawberry blonde-haired student told her parents she wanted to donate all of her prize money to buy food, so everyone in the world could have food and a nice Christmas meal this holiday season.
“I bought 61 cans for the food drive at school and they all were 50 cents at Wal-Mart,” Macy said, “and my mom got some free with coupons that I donated.”
The food drive that Schmelzer contributed to was the local Christmas Cheer Program, hosted by the Wapakoneta Fire Department, for which a red barrel was located at the school last week for the students to drop off donations.
“I brought all of my canned food to school, and they were mainly vegetables,” Macy said, of the type of canned foods she picked out.
Macy is in Nikki Sutton’s class, and each class at the school had a contest to see who could bring in the most canned goods for this drive, and although Macy’s class did not finish

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in first place, she did contribute 61 of her classroom’s 71 items.
“It wasn’t about being the top class,” Sutton said. “It was about buying food for people in need. I was astounded to hear the generosity of this little girl.”
When asked how Macy felt after donating the food items, she said it make her feel very good.
Macy explained that she won the money by designing a gingerbread house with her sister, Ragen and grandmother, Wendy Schmelzer.
“It was super big,” Macy said of the house she made. “On one side, the roof had green and red M&Ms and Skittles, and the other side had all kinds of colors.”
Macy noted that they did not use the M&Ms with the peanuts in them, but they used the plain M&Ms to adorn the house.
“And we put snow on it with white icing.”
Macy said they started the process of making the gingerbread house one day and it took them until the next evening to finish it up.
“It was the biggest house there,” Macy said, of her house compared to the rest on display at the Auglaize County District Public Library.
Each year, the library holds a gingerbread making contest, and displays them during the holiday season, giving out cash prizes to the top designers.
Macy’s house won $25 in cash, but she had to split the sum with her younger sister who helped in its construction.

Comments

this is just wonderful what

December 17, 2011 by bloomfield1 (not verified), 3 years 2 days ago
Comment: 102

this is just wonderful what this little girl did for thoes familys. i also want to say thank you because i was one of the many familys that got the donation from christmas cheer. it was very helpful and very nice of everyone that helped make this happen. so from the bottom of my heart i say thank you to everyone who had a part of this and merry christmas to you all

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