At six years old, Hailee Singleton understands what it means to give back to the community, maybe better than most adults.
The little girl has collected more than 650 cans of food, several boxes of clothing, and raised money for several area charities - by herself - and all in a span of three months.
“I just like helping people,” said Hailee. “I just want to be nice to them.”
A sentiment she shared when she participated in the Thomas County, Georgia Miss Heart of the USA pageant this Spring. The pageant requires the contestants to take part in community service within their hometown, including collecting canned goods for a local charity. The requirement is ten … Hailee met, exceeded, and even expanded that goal.
“The change I’ve seen in her at six years old is amazing,” said Nicole Singleton, Hailee’s mom. “We’ll be out somewhere and someone will drop something and she’ll stop and help them out. It’s just amazing to see.”
Hailee donates the food and clothing to different groups around town, including the Emmaus Women’s Shelter. She holds bake sales in front of Piggly Wiggly and recently hosted a Spirit Night at Chick- Fil-A, with all of the proceeds paying for more non-perishable food to donate to charities.
In addition, Hailee creates artwork and crafts which she takes to local nursing homes. She recently put together a food basket and donated it to the West Georgia Health Hospice House.
“I hope she continues,” said Nicole. “It’s important to be willing to help people. They [the children] learn so much from that and don’t take for granted what they have.”
Hailee has no plans of stopping her campaign. As she puts it, she wants to “stomp out hunger” with as many cans as she can donate.
“I want to collect a thousand more,” Hailee said.
Hailee will compete for a new crown at the Georgia State pageant on Sept. 5 in Valdosta.