Four-year-old contributes her savings to help sick babies receive life-saving donor milk
Meet 4-year-old Jenna. Last week, this vivacious preschooler brought $10 of her long earned savings to help babies and officially became the youngest benefactor of Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas.
At first, Jenna timidly greeted milk bank staff, understandably, as many were eager to meet this precious little girl. But before long, Jenna was enthusiastically filling the milk bank piggy bank, looking at pictures of babies around the office and learning a little more about how donor milk saves lives. You see, Jenna already knows quite a bit about the milk bank because her mom, Nancy, was a milk donor from November 2013 to October 2014.
Nancy was an overproducer while nursing Jenna’s little brother, Cason, who is now 18 months old. At first Nancy didn’t know what to do with all her extra milk. After learning about Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas, she was thrilled to help a cause not everyone can undertake. Nancy says, “It’s so fulfilling to know you can give sick babies a fighting chance.”
Jenna knew her mom was helping other babies with her milk. So, when her piggy bank was full, she reserved 10% of her yearlong savings to make her own contribution. Nancy explains, “We encourage Jenna to deposit some money in savings, spend some and donate some to help others. She chose to give to her church in the past, but this time Jenna decided she wanted to help babies. We feel if she picks where the money goes, it means more to her.”
And so last Thursday, on a “girls’ day” with mom, Jenna delivered a ten dollar bill and declared, “I feel happy!” Next stop? Ice cream!
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