Comfort begins with a big heart and giving spirit

TAYLOR COUNTY—One local girl recently carried out an act of kindness that will change the lives of hundreds of children in West Virginia.

Ashley Smith, a third-grade student at West Taylor Elementary School, shared that that every year, her family has a food booth at the Spirit of Grafton Celebration, and they take turns deciding what they would like to do with the money raised.

This year, it was her turn to pick, and she decided that she wanted other children feel better that are staying in the hospital. She decided she would use the money to purchase stuffed animals to donate to the WVU Children’s Hospital.

“I know if I was sick in the hospital, I would like to have a stuffed animal to snuggle,” she shared. “We went and bought around 500 stuffed animals from different stores.”

About a week ago, a representative from the hospital came to pick up the stuffed animals and thanked Smith for her generous donation.

The representative shared that every child that is admitted into the hospital receives a blanket and stuffed animal, and that her donation will help many children.

Smith expressed that she is happy that the stuffed animals will help many children at the hospital and hopes it brings a smile to their face.

Her father Eric Smith shared that she has always had a big heart and a giving spirit.

“It is nice to see kids thinking of other ones’ before themselves,” he expressed. “I am so proud of her for her willingness to help other kids in their time of need.”

In addition to helping those in need, Smith shared her favorite subject is Science.

“I love learning about dinosaurs, planets and the climates,” she commented. “I also love art too.”

Smith is also very active in extra-circular activities and participates in basketball and softball.

From the staff of the Mountain Statesman thank you, Ashley, for your act of kindness. Your generous donation will help bring a smile to many children.

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