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A local little girl’s birthday wish? To help the less fortunate

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(Photo submitted) Jane Hamm, left, with Ella Reeves (with purple basket in hand), and friends at the Ashe County Sharing Center in Jefferson. Reeves, who recently celebrated her seventh birthday, helped convince her young friends and classmates to donate items to help Ashe County’s less fortunate.


(Photo submitted) Kelly Vannoy, Chairperson of the Ashe County Sharing Center’s Board of Directors, with Ella Reeves, Josie Reeves and Shelby Reeves during a recent donation drop at the Ashe County Sharing Center, located at 115 Colvard Street in Jefferson.


WEST JEFFERSON-What birthday wish do you think most seven year old girls have?

A cute, girlie outfit? An art set? The latest tech?

Well, in the case of one seven year old girl, Ella Reeves of West Jefferson, her wish was for her friends to donate items to the Ashe Sharing Center.

And her wish became a reality when on a recent Tuesday at the Ashe Sharing Center in Jefferson over 100 items of food were donated by her fellow friends and classmates at Mt. Jefferson Child Development Center.

Ella, the quiet unassuming daughter of Matt and Josie Reeves, took it all in without saying a word, perhaps not realizing that her good deed would be feeding an Ashe County child she would never meet.

“All the children are out of school and her birthday is in the summer so we just wanted to do something for them,” said Josie Reeves.

Josie Reeves recently posted pictures on Facebook about her daughters intentions, which recently caught the eye of Sharing Center officials, including Kelly Vannoy, the chairperson of the center’s board of directors.

Vannoy, Reeves and their families go to First Baptist Church in West Jefferson and, it is through that connection that made Josie and her daughter Ella aware of the Sharing Center.

“We wanted to take the focus off her birthday and do something for others. Ella was all for it,” said a beaming and proud mom Josie.

Vannoy said she was proud of the Ella Reeves’ efforts and said, “Maybe Ella Reeves will inspire. After all, ‘But for the grace of God goeth I.”

For more information about the Ashe Sharing Center call them at 336-846-7109 or check them out at ashesharingcenter.org, or drop by the center’s new location at 115 Colvard Street in Jefferson (you might remember it as the old Jefferson School property) next to Daymark Recovery Center.

“I think the world could use more Ellas,” Vannoy said.

(Photo submitted) Jane Hamm, left, with Ella Reeves (with purple basket in hand), and friends at the Ashe County Sharing Center in Jefferson. Reeves, who recently celebrated her seventh birthday, helped convince her young friends and classmates to donate items to help Ashe County’s less fortunate.
http://jeffersonpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_SharingCenter.jpg(Photo submitted) Jane Hamm, left, with Ella Reeves (with purple basket in hand), and friends at the Ashe County Sharing Center in Jefferson. Reeves, who recently celebrated her seventh birthday, helped convince her young friends and classmates to donate items to help Ashe County’s less fortunate.

(Photo submitted) Kelly Vannoy, Chairperson of the Ashe County Sharing Center’s Board of Directors, with Ella Reeves, Josie Reeves and Shelby Reeves during a recent donation drop at the Ashe County Sharing Center, located at 115 Colvard Street in Jefferson.
http://jeffersonpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_SharingCenter2.jpg(Photo submitted) Kelly Vannoy, Chairperson of the Ashe County Sharing Center’s Board of Directors, with Ella Reeves, Josie Reeves and Shelby Reeves during a recent donation drop at the Ashe County Sharing Center, located at 115 Colvard Street in Jefferson.
A local little girl’s birthday wish? To help the less fortunate

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