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State Honoree

Robert Malcolm

Utah

Robert Malcolm, 16, of Park City, Utah, a junior at Park City High School, has provided thousands of winter clothing articles and more than 300 pounds of food to needy people in his community through an ongoing collection campaign and an annual fencing tournament. While helping with his family's seasonal closet cleanout four years ago, Robert was struck by how much extra and outgrown winter clothing they had. First he thought about all of the people who could use the garments, and then he realized that "if our family had winter clothing that wasn't being used, there were probably a lot of other families in the same situation."

Robert researched the creation of nonprofit corporations and then established "Community Donations, Inc." He decorated clothing donation boxes, placed them throughout the community, and checked them regularly to collect, sort and tally their contents. In addition, Robert, an internationally competitive fencer, has organized a "Will Fence for Food" fencing tournament for the past three years, asking participants and spectators to donate food and clothing in lieu of entry and admission fees. All of the food and clothing he collects goes to nonprofits serving the disadvantaged in Salt Lake City, in Park City and on a nearby Indian reservation. "The thing that makes me feel best about my project is when I think about the people who have been helped by all of these donations," said Robert. "They don't mind if their new' coat is out of style or a little dirty. They're happy to be warm."