Madeline McMillen -- Prairie High School, Vancouver, WA

Madeline McMillen — Prairie High School, Vancouver, WA

In 2021, Madeline McMillen of Prairie High School organized her fifth Christmas toy drive for underprivileged children in her Vancouver, WA community. Last year Madeline donated over 500 toys, and the year prior, over 700 toys. She loves helping out her community, and this is just one way that she can help out. Madeline collects toys from various businesses as well as raises money by baking pies and accepting cash donations. She uses that money to purchase new toys for children in Clark County. Madeline teams up with a local non-profit for an event that they host each year. During the pandemic, the event was not held in-person and Madeline helped organize a drive-through event. During the pandemic, businesses weren’t able to donate like before, yet more families were out of work, so the need was even greater, but she is still reached her goal of 500 toys.