Hometown Hero: Abby Roe

Published: Dec. 16, 2016 at 11:19 AM EST
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- For most 6-year-old kids, Christmas is all about the presents.

For one little girl in our area, it isn't about what she is getting for Christmas, but instead what she is giving.

Abby Roe decided months ago she wanted to spend her Christmas raising money for those less fortunate.

She and her mom teamed up and brainstormed some ideas on what she could do.

"We thought about it and usually she does hats, but it was so warm in October when we started talking about it that she was, 'Like no Mom they don't need hats,' " said Christy Roe. "Well, I told her winter is coming sis. She said, 'No, let's just feed everybody.' So we started talking about what we could do and so we decided on elves."

Originally they bought 20 pre-made elves that Abby then decorated.

"We got some white vinyl and we picked a design on the computer," said Abby Roe. "We did some snowflakes and the names and the dates on them."

What started off as a small operation, then took off.

"We sold out in just a few days and her final total was around 98," said Christy Roe.

Abby ended up raising $900 for the Huntington City Mission, which she donated on Wednesday.

"I don't want any of the kids or grown ups here to be hungry ever, ever again," Abby said.

The money she raised will be used to provide meals to those at the shelter and to ensure families will be able to have a Christmas.

According to Mitch Webb, executive director of the Huntington City Mission, they serve more than 160 people every night and two-thirds of those are women and children.

With this donation, Abby is proving that even the biggest of hearts can come in the smallest sizes.

"I'm just so proud of her, and it makes me so happy that she serves others in her community and she is 6. She is kind of my role model, too," said Christy Roe.