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NBC4's 2014 12 Days of Giving

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    News4 is proud to present its 2014 12 Days of Giving campaign, recognizing 12 charitable teens and kids who have dedicated their time to giving back.

    Dec. 22: Ahmed Adam and Operation Homefront

    With all the sacrifices military families make, one local teen is making sure the youngest members of those families have all the school supplies they need.

    Ahmed Adam is an Eagle Scout with ADAMS Troop 1576, and earned his Eagle Scout badge for his work with Operation Homefront. During the Operation Homefront drive, Ahmed collected backpacks and school supplies.

    For more information on Operation Homefront, click here.

    12 Days of Giving: Ahmed's Operation Homefront12 Days of Giving: Ahmed's Operation Homefront

    Ahmed Adam is an Eagle Scout with ADAMS Troop 1576, and earned his Eagle Scout badge for his work with Operation Homefront collecting backpacks and school supplies to help out kids from military families.
    (Published Monday, Dec. 22, 2014)

    Dec. 19: Mari's Miracle Christmas Bags

    Thirteen-year-old Marisol Ramirez has spent most of her life in the hospital. After surviving a multiple organ transplant and lymphoma, she's doing well -- and thinking of others.

    Marisol wants to make Christmas a little better for kids who are spending the holiday in the hospital. Her goal is to make 140 bags, 70 each for both patients and their parents, and deliver them to Georgetown University Hospital, where she received her own treatments.

    Click here to learn how to help Mari's Miracle Christmas Bags.

    12 Days of Giving: Mari's Miracle Christmas Bags12 Days of Giving: Mari's Miracle Christmas Bags

    Thirteen-year-old Marisol Ramirez has spent most of her life in the hospital. After surviving a multiple organ transplant and lymphoma, she's doing well -- and thinking of others. Marisol wants to make Christmas a little better for kids who are spending the holiday in the hospital.
    (Published Friday, Dec. 19, 2014)

    Dec. 18: Andrés, Lucas and Pablo Orjales and Your Cleats 4 Bare Feets

    Andrés, Lucas and Pablo Orjales are working to make sure children in developing countries can enjoy the game of soccer.

    Through their organization, Your Cleats 4 Bare Feet, the brothers have collected more than 600 pairs of soccer cleats over the past three years. After receiving donations from children at Arlington Travel Soccer, the brothers clean, pack and send the shoes to children in countries like Botswana, Colombia, Croatia and Zambia.

    Lucas and Pablo, both 17, attend Washington-Lee High School in Arlington. Andrés is a freshman at Virginia Tech.

    Click here for more information on Your Cleats 4 Bare Feets.

    12 Days of Giving: Your Cleats 4 Bare Feets12 Days of Giving: Your Cleats 4 Bare Feets

    Andrés, Lucas and Pablo Orjales are working to make sure children in developing countries can enjoy playing soccer. Through their organization, Your Cleats 4 Bare Feet, the brothers have collected more than 600 pairs of soccer cleats over the past three years. After receving donations, they clean, pack and send the shoes to kids in countries such as Botswana, Colombia, Croatia and Zambia.
    (Published Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014)

    Dec. 17: Emma Hall's Hall-iday

    Emma Hall is making sure some families in need get what's on their wish list this holiday season. Hall organized a "Hall-iday" coat drive at Stedwick Elementary School.

    With help from her mom, Emma washes the coats and delivers them to the National Center for Children and Families. Now she's working to collect the rest of the items on the center's wish list.

    Click here to learn how you can help Emma.

    12 Days of Giving: Emma Hall's Hall-iday12 Days of Giving: Emma Hall's Hall-iday

    Emma Hall is making sure some families in need get what is on their wish list this holiday season.
    (Published Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014)

    Dec. 16: Matty Pangle and 4 Paws for Ability

    Matty Pangle was diagnosed with Autism two days after his second birthday. His mom, Nichole Pangle, says Matty, now 7, is often overwhelmed and has frequent, and sometimes violent, meltdowns.

    Nichole says Matty has also learned to unlock the doors of their home and runs away when he's upset. After doing a lot of research, Nichole decided a service dog would be a life-changer for her son.

    Matty is now working to raise $14,000 through 4 Paws for Ability, a nonprofit that provides service dogs for children worldwide. Once Matty reaches his goal, he will be qualified to receive a specially trained autism service dog.

    Click here to learn how you can help Matty.

    12 Days of Giving: A Service Dog for Matty12 Days of Giving: A Service Dog for Matty

    Seven-year-old Matty Pangle and his family are raising money for the non-profit organization 4 Paws for Ability. Matty, who has autism and is nonverbal, will be qualified to receive a specially trained autism service dog once his goal of $14,000 is reached.
    (Published Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014)

    Dec. 15: Ethan Schwartz and the Theatre Lab

    When children are taken to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for medical treatment, the Children's Inn in Bethesda provides a place for them and their families to stay as long as they need.

    Ethan Schwartz is helping to keep those families entertained during those often-stressful times. One night each month, sick kids and their families can participate in theater games, improvisation, storytelling and more. Ethan worked to raise more than $8,500 for the program, enough to support it for 19 months.

    Click here for more information on the Theatre Lab.

    12 Days of Giving: Ethan & the Theatre Lab12 Days of Giving: Ethan & the Theatre Lab

    When children are taken to NIH for treatment, the Children's Inn in Bethesda provides a place for patients and their families to stay as long as they need to. Ethan Schwartz is helping to keep those families entertained during those often-stressful times.
    (Published Monday, Dec. 15, 2014)

    Dec. 12: Imogen's Piles of Smiles

    Imogen Adams, 8, watched a family friend lose his battle with cancer, and told her mom she wanted to help others. Together, they created Pile of Smiles, and she now collects children's art, sells it and uses the proceeds to help children living with terminal cancer.

    Click here for more information on Pile of Smiles.

    12 Days of Giving: Imogen's Pile of Smiles12 Days of Giving: Imogen's Pile of Smiles

    After the loss of her friend to cancer, 8-year-old Imogen Adams was inspired to give back using art.
    (Published Friday, Dec. 12, 2014)

    Dec. 11: Josh's Yolka Project

    Josh Kennedy-Noce gives back to the Kirov Baby Home Orphanage, where he spent the first four years of his life before he was adopted.

    Josh began raising money in 2010, and has increased the financial goal of the Yolka Project each year. In its first year, the Yolka Project raised enough money to provide the orphanage with new toys and an outdoor playground.

    Josh couldn't set a goal this year because of Russia's recent ban on U.S. adoptions, but he's still determined to raise money to help the orphanage.

    Click here to learn how to help Josh continue his mission.

    12 Days of Giving: Josh's Yolka Project12 Days of Giving: Josh's Yolka Project

    Josh Kennedy-Noce's project raises money for the Kirov Baby Home Orphanage, where he spent the first four years of his life before he was adopted. Josh began raising money in 2010, and has raised enough money to provide the orphanage with new toys and an outdoor playground.
    (Published Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014)

    Dec. 10: Anne's Sweets for Soldiers

    Sweet treats, care packages and letters of thanks and support are headed for troops overseas thanks to a 14-year-old Loudoun County middle school student. Anne Kickert started Sweets for Solders in 2011 as a 5th grader with her extra Halloween candy.

    Anne's project has since expanded to several schools.This year, she collected more than 2,000 pounds of candy, hundreds of cards and letters.

    Click here for more information on Anne's Sweets for Soldiers.

    12 Days of Giving: Anne's Sweets for Soldiers12 Days of Giving: Anne's Sweets for Soldiers

    Meet 14-year-old Anne Kickert, who's supporting troops with her project Sweets for Soldiers, just in time for the holidays.
    (Published Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014)

    Dec. 9: Fisayo's Silver Spoon Initiative

    Fisayo Quadri is an 18-year-old student at the School of Art and Design at Montgomery College. She used her love for making hair accessories to launch her business, Oh Lou, in November, and her accessory line funds her Silver Spoon Initiative. The silver spoon represents her belief that no one should be deprived of basic necessities.

    Fisayo joined Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry Campaign after learning that one in five children in America struggle with hunger. For every accessory sold, one non-perishable item is donated to a local food bank in the D.C. metropolitan area. Fisayo is happy that she can do what she loves, while helping the world around her.

    Click here for more information on how you can help Fisayo's Silver Spoon Initiative.

    12 Days of Giving: Fisayo's Silver Spoon Initiative12 Days of Giving: Fisayo's Silver Spoon Initiative

    At 18, Fisayo Quadri already has her own business, a hair accessory company called Oh Lou. And that business gives back, funding her Silver Spoon Initiative. For every hair accessory sold, one nonperishable good is donated to a local food bank in the D.C. area.
    (Published Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014)