Eight-year-old kicks off Salvation Army toy drive in Jackson County

By Krystal Allan - bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - It all started with a school cookie dough sale and an eight-year-old's dream to help needy children.

"I sold the most out of the whole entire school," says Madison Scott.

The prize for Madison's efforts was a new bike.  But, she had no plans on keeping it.

"When I talked to Madison she said, 'I don't want a bike; I want to give a bike.'  Well, that's great come on. What child wants to give up something like a bike," says Andy Collette with the Salvation Army.

But, Madison didn't just give away her new bike.  She ended up donating seven.  Madison got her family and church friends to donate bikes and raised more than 100 dollars to buy the rest. She says her motivation reached beyond earthly influences.

"Jesus put it on my heart to do it," says Madison.

"Young people can do so much good, and they have a heart that's pure and clean.  They do it out of the right motive," says Collette.

"I've learned to listen to what Jesus tells me because sometimes it's very, very, very important," says Madison.

And Madison says it's important for South Mississippi to get this message as Christmas approaches.

"I want to tell them to do it.  After if they do it once, they might want to keep giving and giving," says Madison.

The Salvation Army says it plans to make Madison an honorary "angel in training" as part of its Christmas Angel Tree program.

The organization's big Angel Tree event kicks off Thursday, November 20th with a angel tree lighting ceremony in Edgewater Mall at 4:30 p.m.