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Good Works: Top Youth Volunteer

You don't have to be a grownup to help others in need. Many teens and even pre-teens have shown a great deal of compassion for people in desperate situations.

And they can do it in unique ways.

Meet one of North Dakota's two Top Youth Volunteers, as selected by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Lyndsey Sheurer is bringing a sack of Beanie Babies for the homeless. This is nothing new for her. She started doing this four years ago.

"I learned that the Ruth Meiers Hospitality House was in need of soft, small cuddly toys. So I decided to donate my Beanie Baby collection. And I knew that my friends had collected them, too, so I asked them to donate, and I received over 300 Beanie Babies, and I brought them here," she said.

While food and monetary donations are always welcome here, things like Beanie Babies fill a special need for children who may only have the clothes they're wearing.

"So we look at things like blankets, some small stuffed animals that they can take with them, so as they move on to, you know, a home, they've got something that they can take with them. And it's just more of a comfort tool for us," said Jackie Bugbee with Ruth Meiers Hospitality House.

Of course, Lyndsey has also organized a food drive for the shelter. For a fourteen year old, she already has plenty of experience looking beyond herself.

Lyndsey has won a free trip to Washington, DC, where she'll meet the winners from every other state next month.She also wins a cash prize and a special medallion.

If you would like us to highlight a person or organization that's doing good for others, call me at 701-255-8184 or send me an email at, or on Facebook.

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