Ansley Prosser's donation made her worthy of wearing a "VIP" badge around the FedExFamilyHouse on Monday.
The 10-year-old from South Carolina recruited her school back home to hold a food drive for the FedExFamilyHouse. She collected countless pounds of non-perishables for its pantries.
"I went to school and I told my teacher all about it and she goes, ‘Well, the next food drive we have, let's do it!' We had flyers going around the school," Ansley, "It was amazing, them wanting to give back because they were a part of this too and it made me feel really good, the school and the community wanting to give back."
Ansley and her family spend a lot of time at Le Bonheur and the FedExFamilyHouse. Her two-year-old sister Carly Prosser was diagnosed with cortical blindness at five-months-old and infantile spasms at seven-months-old.
It was perhaps a day when Ansley made the unexpected, nine-hour trip to Le Bonheur with her family that planted the seed.
Her mother, Amy Prosser, recalled a nurse and speech pathologist at Le Bonheur they knew well "came to the hospital on their day off and took our ten-year-old (Ansley) to the zoo, and they took her to the Peabody Hotel and had lunch. They had a girl's day; that's just huge!"
This day blossomed into inspiration for Ansley to give back to the FedExFamilyHouse.
"After one of the trips and people were doing dinners and breakfast," she said, "I think I just decided that they help us so much and I wanted to give back."
Ansley filled many shelves on Monday for families staying at the FedExFamilyHouse who are going through what her family continues to endure. She also provided some food for the soul for her family.
"She amazes me every day and that shows me that Carly's changed everybody's lives, including her 10-year-old sister," said Amy, "She's her biggest fan and taught us so much compassion for other people too. So many people have helped us along this journey; we just want to give back."
To hold your own "Stock the Pantry" drive for the FedExFamilyHouse, visit their website to see what they need.
Families with children receiving treatment at Le Bonheur stay at the FedExFamilyHouse at no cost to them. The House relies on donations to continue operating.
The Prossers also have their own organization, Carly Unlimited, holding fundraisers and events; most importantly, asking for prayers.
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