When someone with a servant’s heart finds an opportunity to help, the results are usually beneficial for everyone involved. What makes Emily Denny’s effort so amazing is that she is only in the second grade.
On her own, she decided she wanted to do something to help those in need at the Texas Baptist Home for Children in Waxahachie. She initially thought she wanted to collect money for the home, but with a little guidance from her parents, her goal would become clear. The Texas Baptist Home for Children provides family care for children and youth who need temporary placement.
“I knew they didn’t have a home, and I just wanted to do something for them to make them feel like they were welcome here,” said Emily.
A second grader at St. Joseph Catholic School, her principal Ms. Timmerman once taught at the Texas Baptist Home and was telling her students at St. Joseph’s about the home, and it was this conversation that drove Emily to try and make a difference.
“Emily’s always been someone who’s wanted to help people,” said Emily’s mother Cynthia Denny. “She kept telling me she wanted to collect money for the Texas Baptist Home, so I suggested she meet with the folks at the home and find out what they really needed.”
For young Emily, her desire to help also introduced her to many people in the community who would play an important part in making her goal a reality. Following her meeting at the Texas Baptist Home, and understanding the children’s needs needs were as simple as diapers, toothbrushes, high chairs and backpacks, she now had to find a way to get the project off the ground.
Her father Kenneth help set up some appointments with community leaders, including Mark Singleton, the president of Citizens National Bank, Jim Phillips, the owner of radio station KBEC 1390, and Publisher Scott Brooks at The Waxahachie Daily Light.
“I took her to the meetings, but she walked in just like it was a business meeting, sat at the conference tables and explained her idea,” said Kenneth. “Mark Singleton said ‘What can I do for you, young lady?’ and she went right into her proposal. The meeting went so well that CNB’s marketing director said they were going to have a contest between the three bank locations in Waxahachie to see who could come up with the most supplies.”
Her supply drive to help the Texas Baptist Home begins on Monday and runs for two weeks. Items should be new, and can include personal items such as pajamas, socks, toothbrushes, toothpaste, backpacks, blankets or any other items for children ranging in age from toddlers to high school students. They can be dropped off at any one of the following locations that have partnered with Emily to help in the collection by staging boxes that say ‘Emily’s Let’s Make a Difference’ supply drive campaign. Those locations include St. Joseph’s Catholic School, KBEC radio station, Citizens National Bank of Texas, The Cowboy Church of Ellis County or The Waxahachie Daily Light.
Knowing her efforts, combined with the help of the community, will make a lot of children feel better, and that makes Emily happy, the 8-year-old said.
“This makes me feel really, really good because I’m getting to help somebody and make them feel better,” said Emily. “I hope it goes well and maybe we can do it next year, too.”